Classics in Science Education

Passibility

At the Limits of the Constructivist Metaphor

Authors: Roth, Wolff-Michael

  • Radically new, empirically based epistemology in science/technology-related knowing and learning
  • Integrative treatment of emotion, motivation, and the passions in a comprehensive theory
  • First/third person perspectives on critical aspects of learning in science
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This book argues that the ‘constructivist metaphor’ has become a self-appointed overriding concept that suppresses other modes of thinking about knowing and learning science. Yet there are questions about knowledge that constructivism cannot properly answer, such as how a cognitive structure can intentionally develop a formation that is more complex than itself; how a learner can aim at a learning objective that is, by definition, itself unknown; how we learn through pain, suffering, love or passion; and the role emotion and crises play in knowing and learning.

In support of the hypothesis that passibility underlies cognition, readers are provided with a collation of empirical studies and phenomenological analyses of knowing and learning science—in schools, scientific laboratories and everyday life—all of which defy a constructivist explanation. The author argues that ‘passibility’ constitutes an essential factor in the development of consciousness, with a range of essential experiences that cannot be brought into the linguistic realm. His exploration is guided by concepts such as ‘otherness’, passion, passivity and undecidability, and concludes by resituating the construction metaphor to accord it its proper place in a more comprehensive theory of learning.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • De/Constructing the Blind Spots of the Constructivist Metaphor

    Roth, Wolff-Michael

    Pages 3-21

  • Learning and the Erasure of Knowledge

    Roth, Wolff-Michael

    Pages 29-42

  • Radical Passivity in Learning

    Roth, Wolff-Michael

    Pages 43-69

  • Radical UncertaintyUncertainty in Acting

    Roth, Wolff-Michael

    Pages 71-88

  • Emergence of DualityDuality

    Roth, Wolff-Michael

    Pages 89-104

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eBook $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3746-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Passibility
Book Subtitle
At the Limits of the Constructivist Metaphor
Authors
Series Title
Classics in Science Education
Series Volume
3
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-1908-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-1908-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-1907-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3746-4
Series ISSN
1875-3035
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 282
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