Objectivism versus constructivism: Do we need a new philosophical paradigm?

  title={Objectivism versus constructivism: Do we need a new philosophical paradigm?},
  author={D. Jonassen},
  journal={Educational Technology Research and Development},
  • D. Jonassen
  • Published 1991
  • Sociology, Psychology
  • Educational Technology Research and Development
  • Many scholars in the instructional systems field have addressed the paradigm shift in the field of learning psychology and its implications for instructional systems technology (IST). This article analyzes the philosophical assumptions underlying IST and its behavioral and cognitive foundations, each of which is primarily objectivistic, which means that knowing and learning are processes for representing and mirroring reality. The philosophical assumptions of objectivism are then contrasted… CONTINUE READING
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