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A Critical Constructivist view on reforming the traditional

Williams, M.C. and Taylor, P.C. (1993) A Critical Constructivist view on reforming the traditional. In: Annual conference of the Australian Association for Educational Research (AARE) 1993, 22 - 25 November 1993, Fremantle, WA

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In this paper we adopt a Habermasian perspective and identify major ideological constraints facing constructivist pedagogical reform. We develop a critical constructivist perspective, and argue that cultural constraints might be overcome by the generation amongst teacher and students of communicative action which entails the establishment of: (1)open discourse that aims to create an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect, and (2) critical discourse that aims to make visible and subject to critical examination the hidden frames of reference which still constitute the dominant ideology of traditional teaching and learning.

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