Dwelling, Building, Thinking

A Post-Constructivist Perspective on Education, Learning, and Development


In this book, the author presents a major challenge to (social) constructivism, which has become an ideology that few dare to critique. Transgressing the boundaries of this ideology, the author develops an alternative epistemology that takes dwelling as the starting point and ground. Dwelling enables building and thinking (‘constructing’). It is an epistemology in which there is a primacy of social relations, which are the first instantiations of the higher psychological functions ascribed to humans. Starkly contrasting constructivism, the author shows how the commonness of the senses and the existence of social relations lead to common sense, which is the foundation of everything rational and scientific. Common sense, which comes from and with dwelling, is the ground in which all education is rooted. Any attempt to eradicate it literally uproots and thus alienates students from the life and world with which they are so familiar.

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Wolff-Michael Roth, Ph.D. (1987), University of Southern Mississippi, is Lansdowne Professor of Applied Cognitive Science in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria, Canada. His transdisciplinary research focuses on knowing and learning across the entire lifespan.
1 Toward Post-Constructivist Epistemology
2 Being is Dwelling
3 On Being Rooted
4 Cultivating Culture
5 Emergence of the Image
6 Becoming Aware
7 The Invisible Body
8 Disappearance of the Subject
9 The Subject*-in-the-Making
10 There is (a) Life after Constructivism
Educators and educational researchers attempting to understand knowing, learning, and becoming as experienced in real, concrete participation