from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A movement in modern art originating in Moscow in 1920 and characterized by the use of industrial materials such as glass, sheet metal, and plastic to create nonrepresentational, often geometric objects.
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- n. A Russian movement in modern art characterized by the creation of nonrepresentational geometric objects using industrial materials.
- n. A philosophy that asserts the need to construct a mathematical object to prove it exists.
- n. A psychological epistemology which argues that humans generate knowledge and meaning from their experiences.
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- n. an abstractionist artistic movement in Russia after World War I; industrial materials were used to construct nonrepresentational objects
The word constructivism has been sadly perverted by some education departments to elevate process knowledge above content knowledge in such as way to undermine the Enlightenment values on which Western culture is built and which we still need to further progress.
The word constructivism is a casualty of friendly fire in the culture wars.
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