AUTHENTIC LEARNINGIs a teaching method that allows students toexplore, discuss, and meaningfully connectconcepts and relationships that are relevant tothe real-world and are meaningful to thestudents (Donovan, Bransford, &Pellegrino,1999).
CHARACTERISTICS OFAUTHENTIC ACTIVITY In describing the characteristics of authentic activities, different scholars have delineated them in different way (J. Herrington 2004, pp. 3–29.) Have real-world relevance. Are ill-defined, requiring students to define thetasks and subtasks needed to complete the activity.
….CONTINUED Learners need to look the task from differentperspectives Giving them opportunity to collaborate. Provide the opportunity to reflect. Can be integrated and applied across different subjectareas and lead beyond domain-specific outcomes. Educators need to allow competing solutions anddiverse outcomes.
AUTHENTIC TASKLEARNING AREA : LOTOPIC : HIV/AIDS
AUTHENTIC TASK TO BEREAL WORLD RELEVANCEThe teacher can ask learners to explainwhat they know about HIV or AIDS. Learners will show theirunderstandings about the topic.
Teacher can show this picture of person with AIDS. Then learners will tell why they think this person is HIVpositive.
COLLABORATIVE LEARNING Learners will discuss the symptoms of AIDS by using the picture displayed above. Learner need to work in groups in order to identify symptoms they see from this person.
E.g. The teacher can give the learners an investigativeproject, whereby the learners conduct a research on thenumber of people in their community who are HIVpositive. Therefore learners will be asked to draw a graph usingtheir findings. By doing so learners are taking lesson into the realworld.
The learners will be required to join an HIV/AIDS bloghttp://www.helpage.org/HIVAidsStatistics, so they may sharetheir views and participate in health discussions. The learners can also use their mobiles when taking downthe information from people. E.g. Tablets or iPods. Other learners can also open their own websites to publishtheir findings. That information can also be helpful to their families,friends, and the whole community.
REFLECTION Learners will get a chance to ask questions. Learners will reflect on how did they find working in groups when doing their research.
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