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  1. Situated Learning Theory: Jean Lave Greg Beyerle Emily Adams

  2. Overview of the Theory • Jean Lave • -PhD in social anthropology, • -social anthropologist • -social learning theorist • -graduated with a doctorate from Harvard University in 1968 • -Lave is currently a professor of education and geography at the University of California, Berkeley • Beginning of Theory: Nuns in California could successfully do mathematics when it came to comparison shopping but were unable to do math in a classroom setting

  3. 3 Main Characteristics Learning is unintentional and located within an authentic setting To improve learning by motivating students and by providing a rich context for them Emphasizes the context and application of knowledge rather than memorizing facts

  4. Strengths Brings real world experience into the classroom Allows students to make conclusions for themselves Gets away from teachers simply lecturing in order for teachers to learn Gets away from just memorizing facts

  5. Weaknesses Teacher’s role changes from expert to simply facilitating and with this runs the risks of students making incorrect conclusions Situated Learning may be deemed irresponsible as it has the potential to cast professional teaching strategies to the side which often make content accessible to students

  6. Related to Constructivism Constructivism- type of learning that explains human learning as an active attempt to construct meaning in the world around us. Situated Learning brings real world experiences to the classroom so they can take what they learned back out into the world.

  7. Technology Computers- look at news, ability to do research iPads GPS Smart Phones-business

  8. Situated Learning Classroom Starts early in elementary school-teaches independence and self-exploration Teachers: Inquiry-based theory; helps steer them toward interests Group seating; promote cooperation and collaboration Computer center, smart board, Elmo, clickers for smart board Goals: Promotes individual growth through real world experiences

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