Beyond Constructivism: Autonomy-Oriented Education

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Abstract

This paper reviews Constructivism and the sources of its influence over Israeli educational discourse. Then, it describes examples of Constructivists projects in the teaching of sciences and technology in Israel (Sela, Media Plus), as well as a project that is based on the Constructivist approach to teaching (Together), and several Constructivist experimental schools, followed by a summary of the obstacles to the implementation of such projects. Next, it stresses two basic flaws in the Constructivist view and introduces a post-constructivist educational paradigm, the Autonomy Oriented Education (AOE), which uses 'reflection on experiments in living' as its major tool and aims to enable the development of autonomous, belonging and moral individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-444
Number of pages22
JournalStudies in Philosophy and Education
Volume19
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2000

Keywords

  • Autonomy
  • Constructivism
  • Education
  • Learning
  • Motivation
  • Postmodernity
  • Rationalism
  • Relativism

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