Authentic LearningAuthentic learning is an approach in teaching and learningthat can be used practically. The use of authentic tasks is tointroduce the outside world or practical activities in theclassroom. The learners get to interact socially with oneanother and be able to give their point of view based on thegiven tasks. In authentic tasks the learners can create andthink critically.
Continue….Authentic tasks are used in a wide range of classroomsettings, including mathematics, science, and historyclassrooms. Furthermore, an increasing number ofinstructional programs feature authentic tasks as ameans to situate learning in real-world contexts(Blumenfeld, Marx, & Harris, 2006).
Characteristics of authentic learning Use of open-ended inquiry, thinking skills and metacognition. Students engage in discourse and social learning in a community of learners. Students direct their own learning in project work.
What makes authentic tasks useful in learning Authentic tasks motivates learning and learners are amused by real- world context in learning. Motivation is important because it can lead to increased cognitive engagement and thereby enhance learning (Blumenfeld, Kempler, & Krajcik, 2006). For instance, authentic tasks often create compelling and relevant need-to-know situations for learning that heightens interest and motivates students to invest in their learning.
Examples of authentic tasks in Life Sciences. Research projects Practical/ experiments Creating structures Case studies Comprehension to read & listen to then answer questions( integrates with language) Demonstration
Tradition vs. authentic Authentic assessments are "direct" measures ofstudent performance, tasks are designed toincorporate the contexts, that students would use inreal life. Traditional are seen as "indirect" measures,designed to "represent competence" by extractingknowledge and skills from their real-life contexts.
Use of Web technology in reducing water pollution in learning ( life sciences)
Continue…Student collaborate in authentictasks on how to reduce waterpollution.Learners will interact with oneanother in accomplishing authenticactivities in social context.Learners can be given an audiobased on water pollution and givenquestions, where there are expectedto critically answer questions ormake a research project.
Continue… Learners share information online about the factors that pollute water. Looking at the : What is water pollution. Factors that pollutes water. How can it be reduced conclusion
Continue…..To make things more constructive they must have aspecific educational side where they can shareinformation e.g. face book page or via e-mail.Learners can submit their work on the educationalside where the teacher can access all their work
CONCLUSIONAuthentic learning is very in important, learners canwork practically and all engaging in that work.Authentic tasks introduce the real- world practices inthe classroom. Authentic tasks are much better thantraditional tasks, authentic tasks are practicalwhereas traditional tasks not practical( face- toface, question answering) and is also content basedonly.
ReferenceBlumenfeld, P. C., Marx, R. W. & Harris, C. J.(2006). Learning environments. New York:Cambridge University Press.Blumenfeld, P. C., Kempler, T., & Krajcik, J. S.(2006). Motivation and cognitiveengagement in learning environment. NewYork: Cambridge University Press.