Whilst the attractions of the constructivist outlook on learning are well established, the majority of those who develop educational software are seemingly resistant to movement away from the instructionist view of learning that underpins many formal education systems. It is thus the intention of this work to broadly evaluate the alignment of construal construction with the overarching principles of this constructivist view of learning. In realising this intention, this work discusses both the instructionist and constructivist points of view, with particular reference to selected interpretations of constructivism. Following this extended discussion, the relationship between Empirical Modelling and constructivism is broadly considered, with explicit consideration of how the construction of construal is aligned with the constructivist outlook. The issues raised during this consideration are then concretised and illustrated through references to the NIM modelling study. Finally, this work will conclude with the suggestion that, in line with current research, construal construction is indeed a particularly relevant activity in the context of constructivism
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