Volume 7 · Number 3 · Pages 234-236
Constructing Doers of Science? Review of “Elementary Science Methods: A Constructivist Approach” (6th Edition) by David Jerner Martin

Michael Urban

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Upshot: This textbook presents a pedagogical view of science instruction for educators teaching primary or elementary students in formal and informal settings. Its author invites us to voyage with him into the very nature of science as he scaffolds a learner-centered activity-focused approach to individualized science investigation. However, he does so with an imprecise constructivist epistemology and without mentioning von Glasersfeld.


Urban M. (2012) Constructing doers of science? Review of “elementary science methods: A constructivist approach” (6th edition) by david jerner martin. Constructivist Foundations 7(3): 234-236. http://constructivist.info/7/3/234

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Glasersfeld E. von (1984) An introduction to radical constructivism. In: Watzlawick P. (ed.) The invented reality. Norton, New York: 17–40. http://www.vonglasersfeld.com/070.1
Jones R. S. (1992) Physics for the rest of us. Barnes and Noble, New York. ▸︎ Google︎ Scholar

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