Distance learning opportunities: Social Construction: Premises and Practices


March 21st – April  25th 2015

Facilitators: Celiane Camargo-Borges, Ph.D. and Dawn Dole, MSOD, M.Ed.,


This online course features videos and writings of Ken Gergen, Mary Gergen, Sheila McNamee, Harlene Anderson, Barnett Pearce, John Shotter, Saliha Bava and more. The live calls will also host guests such Ken Gergen, Sheila McNamess, Mary Gergen, Harlene Anderson in order to provide a first hand experience with the authors from the readings.

This 6-week online course introduces common premises and orienting ideas central to dialogues on social construction. The ways in which constructionist ideas differ from traditional, realist understandings of the world are explored. The course will consist of six modules with readings, videos and online dialogues via text chat groups. The course is facilitated by Taos Associate, Celiane Camargo Borges, Ph.D. and supported by Dawn Dole, Taos Institute Executive Director.

There will be “live” conference calls for this course are held on Mondays from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM New York time/eastern US time.

Limited to 10-12 participants. *(If the enrollment grows to a point where we need to make two groups, the times will be 10:00 AM New York time and then again at 1:00 PM NY time.)*

On the first call participants will meet each other, learn how the course will work and begin to co-create a learning community. This will be followed by five additional conference calls to explore the material from each module. During the week, participants will be required to do the weekly reading, watch the videos, complete writing assignments and connect with their inquiry partner/s for that week.

The course consists of an introduction and five modules:
Module 1 – Getting to know one another and creating a virtual learning community
Module 2 – An Introduction to Social Construction
Module 3 – Dialogue and Discourse
Module 4 – Social Construction of the Person
Module 5 – Research/Inquiry as Social Construction
Module 6 – Social Construction: Promises and Challenges

Participants should plan to spend at least 10 hours each week on this course between the calls, readings, videos, connecting with a learning partner and writing assignments.


If you have additional questions, please email: info@taosinstitute.net.