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Constructivism and Diversity

A second decision centered on defining the proper role for the notion of constructivism in this symposium. As might be expected of a board of the Jean Piaget Society, the planners and editors tended to be quite seriously committed to a constructivist perspective. However, it would have been presumptuous to assume such commitment from a group of scientists exploring various manifestations of atypical development. At one point, it was thought that we should provoke this discussion directly by use of an interrogative, for example, "Atypical development: Is constructivism relevant?" Although the more neutral statement was deemed more appropriate so as not to constrain the authors to adopt an argumentative rather than an expository or exploratory stance, the value of a constructivist perspective in addressing issues of atypical development remained a core issue.