chapter  14
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Pluralist Rational Constructivism

As we have seen, however, constructivists believe an interactionist position does not go far enough. Constructivist metatheory assumes that individuals play an active role in constructing their own knowledge and reasoning and in generating their own behavior. As we have seen, there is substantial evidence for the active role of adolescents in the construction of rationality, morality, and identity. Thus, it appears that neither nature nor nurture, nor an interaction of the two, is sufficient to explain adolescent psychological development. Rather, we must move off the naturenurture continuum into a dimension that recognizes the active role of the individual.