Co-constructionism: What is (and is not) in a name?

  • Jaan Valsiner
Part of the Annals of Theoretical Psychology book series (AOTP, volume 10)


Discussion of co-constructionism as a theoretical orientation participates in parallel in two social discourses. First, it serves as a re-classificatory device for the discourse about developmental psychology as a scientific discipline. Secondly, it acts as a conceptual canalizer for the construction of developmental methodology. It is in the latter discourse that co-constructionism can lead to novel solutions to old problems in developmental psychology. Elaborations in the realm of developmentally adequate methodology lead to the centrality of irreversible time and emerging phenomena in any theory construction.


Social Institution Knowledge Construction Personal Opinion Theory Construction Psychological Phenomenon 


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  • Jaan Valsiner
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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