The False Promises of Constructivist Theories of Learning

A Global and Ecological Critique

by C. A. Bowers (Author)
©2005 Textbook XVI, 156 Pages
Series: Complicated Conversation, Volume 14


In The False Promises of Constructivist Theories of Learning: A Global and Ecological Critique, C. A. Bowers examines why constructivist-based educational reforms fail to take into account these current critical issues: the deepening ecological crisis, globalization, and undermining of the world’s diverse cultural commons. Special attention is given to the ethnocentrism and Social Darwinism that created the foundations for the ideas of Dewey, Piaget, and Freire. Also considered is how the neo-liberal promoters of economic globalization share their taken-for-granted assumptions. Additionally, Bowers explains how teachers in different cultures can contribute to the revitalization of their cultural and environmental commons without engaging in the cultural imperialism that characterizes constructivist approaches to educational reform.


XVI, 156
ISBN (Softcover)
Globalisierung Bildungsreform Kulturimperialismus constructism the commons globalization eco-justice
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2005. XVI, 156 pp.

Biographical notes

C. A. Bowers (Author)

The Author: C. A. Bowers recently retired from the faculties of the University of Oregon and Portland State University. In addition to being an invited speaker at universities worldwide, he has published over ninety-five articles in educational and environmental journals, as well as sixteen books that address the cultural roots of the ecological crisis. His most recent books include Rethinking Freire (co-editor, 2005); Mindful Conservatism (2003); Let Them Eat Data (2002); and Educating for Eco-Justice and Community (2001).


Title: The False Promises of Constructivist Theories of Learning