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Constructivist Research and Info-Computational Knowledge Generation

Publication Type:

Book chapter


Model-Based Reasoning In Science And Technology - Abduction, Logic, and Computational Discovery (Studies in Computational Intelligence)


Springer Verlag


It is usual when writing on research methodology in dissertations and thesis work within Software Engineering to refer to Empirical Methods, Grounded Theory and Action Research. Analysis of Constructive Research Methods which are fundamental for all knowledge production and especially for concept formation, modeling and the use of artifacts is seldom given, so the relevant first-hand knowledge is missing. This article argues for introducing of the analysis of Constructive Research Methods, as crucial for understanding of research process and knowledge production. The paper provides characterization of the Constructive Research Method and its relations to Action Research and Grounded Theory. Illustrative example of Blue Brain Project is presented. Finally, foundations of Constructive Research are analyzed within the framework of Info-Computationalism which provides models of knowledge construction by information processing in a cognizing agent.


author = {Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic},
title = {Constructivist Research and Info-Computational Knowledge Generation},
isbn = {978-3-642-15222-1},
editor = {Magnani, L.; Carnielli, W.; Pizzi, C. },
pages = {359--380},
month = {November},
year = {2010},
booktitle = {Model-Based Reasoning In Science And Technology - Abduction, Logic, and Computational Discovery (Studies in Computational Intelligence) },
publisher = {Springer Verlag },
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