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constructivism

This school of thought, which considers the relation between knowledge and reality (epistemology) within an evolutionary perspective, posits that an organism is never able to recognize, depict, or mirror reality, and that it can only construct a "model that fits" (Glaserfeld, 1984). This model (paradigm/model/map) evolves in the organism's interactions with its environment and obeys evolutionary principles of selection.
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Definition extracted with permission from Simon, Fritz, et al, Family Process, Inc.: Language of Family Therapy: A Systemic Vocabulary and Source Book (Family Process Press Series)

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