constructivism

noun

con·​struc·​tiv·​ism kən-ˈstrək-ti-ˌvi-zəm How to pronounce constructivism (audio)
often capitalized
: a nonobjective art movement originating in Russia and concerned with formal organization of planes and expression of volume in terms of modern industrial materials (such as glass and plastic)
constructivist adjective or noun often capitalized

Examples of constructivism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The design might look as if it has been influenced by the early video games that attempted to render the world in large polygons, but WayRay says it is actually inspired by Russian constructivism, the abstract art movement that created many of the geometric propaganda posters used in the USSR. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 29 Nov. 2021 Social neuroscience reveals social cognition to be something materially real, neurophysiologically realised, regardless of all questions from cultural relativism or social constructivism... Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 16 June 2016 The folly of this idea was made evident by the version presented by the Apollon Musagète and La Jolla Music Society favorite Garrick Ohlsson, with a treatment that emphasized the quintet’s powerful brutality and midcentury constructivism. Lukas Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Oct. 2022 Indignation is not the only element in this series, which takes its style from Russian constructivism and its two-color scheme from the Risograph, a Japanese duplicating machine. Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2022 One output of this research is four strategies for effective engagement—conservatism, opportunism, constructivism, and activism. Robert G. Eccles, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 Babbel is an interesting language learning platform that combines communicative didactics, cognitivism, behaviorism and constructivism in its lessons for faster learning that will stick with you. Dave Johnson, Forbes, 3 Mar. 2021 Cognitive dissonance must afflict anyone advocating for social constructivism in today’s rigidly neoliberal corporate environment. Hari Kunzru, The New York Review of Books, 8 Sep. 2020 For young historians like Wallace, this shake-up felt like a changing of the guard that occurred alongside academia’s adoption of a new theory called social constructivism, which placed artifacts in a broader cultural and social context. Michelle Delgado, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 May 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of constructivism was in 1925

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“Constructivism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constructivism. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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