Science & Education

, Volume 12, Issue 8, pp 787–797

Constructivism: Defense or a Continual Critical Appraisal A Response to Gil-Pérez et al.

  • Mansoor Niaz
  • Fouad Abd-El-Khalick
  • Alicia Benarroch
  • Liberato Cardellini
  • Carlos E. Laburú
  • Nicolás Marín
  • Luis A. Montes
  • Robert Nola
  • Yuri Orlik
  • Lawrence C. Scharmann
  • Chin-Chung Tsai
  • Georgios Tsaparlis
Article

DOI: 10.1023/B:SCED.0000004555.57519.8f

Cite this article as:
Niaz, M., Abd-El-Khalick, F., Benarroch, A. et al. Science & Education (2003) 12: 787. doi:10.1023/B:SCED.0000004555.57519.8f

Abstract

This commentary is a critical appraisal of Gil-Pérez et al.'s (2002) conceptualization of constructivism. It is argued that the following aspects of their presentation are problematic: (a) Although the role of controversy is recognized, the authors implicitly subscribe to a Kuhnian perspective of `normal' science; (b) Authors fail to recognize the importance of von Glasersfeld's contribution to the understanding of constructivism in science education; (c) The fact that it is not possible to implement a constructivist pedagogy without a constructivist epistemology has been ignored; and (d) Failure to recognize that the metaphor of the `student as a developing scientist' facilitates teaching strategies as students are confronted with alternative/rival/conflicting ideas. Finally, we have shown that constructivism in science education is going through a process of continual critical appraisals.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mansoor Niaz
    • 1
  • Fouad Abd-El-Khalick
    • 2
  • Alicia Benarroch
    • 3
  • Liberato Cardellini
    • 4
  • Carlos E. Laburú
    • 5
  • Nicolás Marín
    • 6
  • Luis A. Montes
    • 7
  • Robert Nola
    • 8
  • Yuri Orlik
    • 9
  • Lawrence C. Scharmann
    • 10
  • Chin-Chung Tsai
    • 11
  • Georgios Tsaparlis
    • 12
  1. 1.Universidad de OrienteVenezuela
  2. 2.University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignU.S.A.
  3. 3.Universidad de GranadaSpain
  4. 4.Universitá Degli Studi di AnconaItaly
  5. 5.Universidade Estadual de LondrinaBrazil
  6. 6.Universidad de AlmeríaSpain
  7. 7.Escuela Técnica de Pesca de CumanáVenezuela
  8. 8.University of AucklandNew Zealand
  9. 9.Universidad JaverianaColombia
  10. 10.Kansas State UniversityU.S.A.
  11. 11.National Chiao Tung UniversityTaiwan
  12. 12.University of IoanninaGreece

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