Modeling of the types of approach to methodological variation
in language-cultures didactics:
between eclecticism to complex didactics
Eclecticism is considered here as "a mode of management of methodological variation", an appellation which has the advantage of covering the different types of eclecticism which have appeared to me in the course of my personal research, those of the authors of textbooks in the 1980s (presented in my Essay on Eclecticism, 1994e) those of specialists in the teaching-learning of language-cultures from the 1880s to the 1990s (on the basis of the corpus treated in my History of Methodologies, 1988a), as well as the mode of management of methodological variation that I propose within the framework of the "complex didactics" described in my 2003 manifesto article (2003b), and that I have recently developed under the names of "multimethodological approach" and "plurimethodological approach" (2020f, chapters 3 and 4).
The comparative analysis of these different modes required the mobilization of four notional groups: practice-theoretical-modeler, positive-negative, product-process, learner-teacher-manual-institution-discipline. In addition to a more rational comparative description of the different forms of eclecticism, this research has made it possible to reveal the specificities of the methodological variation management mode in complex didactics: it is "model" oriented, and at the same time product-discipline (the products of didactic research), process-teacher (with the indispensable adaptations of the implementation of these products by the teachers according to their environment) and process-learner (with the equally necessary leeway for learners to bring their own learning strategies into play). Posted online July 1, 2021. French version available (2021f).