Situated Learning and
Communities of Practice
ADLT 671
Summer 2013
Situated Learning
• Communities of practice
• Legitimate peripheral participation
• Situated learning, situated cognition,...
Four Major premises
• Learning is grounded in actions
of everyday situations
• Knowledge is acquired
situationally and tra...
Unique Factors in Situated
Learning
• Students learn content through
activities rather than by acquiring
information as or...
Content is embedded in …
Context
Community
Participation
Traditional vs. Situated Learning
• Formal
• Retention of new
knowledge
• Teacher centered
• Learning in
individual mind
•...
What is a Community of
Practice (CoPs)?
What kind of CoPs do you
belong?
Key Features - CoP
• Informal, ever-changing
membership
• Movement from periphery of
practice to full membership
• Negotia...
What are the implications
for the idea that knowledge
is socially constructed, not
acquired, to your field of
practice?
What are the implications
for the idea that knowledge
is socially constructed, not
acquired, to your field of
practice?
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Situated learning and communities of practice

  1. 1. Situated Learning and Communities of Practice ADLT 671 Summer 2013
  2. 2. Situated Learning • Communities of practice • Legitimate peripheral participation • Situated learning, situated cognition, learning in situ • Cognitive apprenticeships • Tools and learning • Canonical practice • Narration, collaboration, and social construction of knowledge • Inert knowledge vs. robust knowledge • Organizations as communities of communities
  3. 3. Four Major premises • Learning is grounded in actions of everyday situations • Knowledge is acquired situationally and transfers only to similar situations • Learning is a social process • Learning is not separated from action
  4. 4. Unique Factors in Situated Learning • Students learn content through activities rather than by acquiring information as organized by instructors • Content is inherent in doing the task • Learning is dilemma-driven • Subject matter emerges from cues in the environment and from dialogue among the community
  5. 5. Content is embedded in … Context Community Participation
  6. 6. Traditional vs. Situated Learning • Formal • Retention of new knowledge • Teacher centered • Learning in individual mind • School activity • Deliberate • Acquiring info in discrete packages • Content-driven • Informal • Application of new knowledge • Participative/ cooperative • Participatory / community • Authentic situations • Unintentional (incidental) • Learning content through activity • Structure of learning implicit in experience
  7. 7. What is a Community of Practice (CoPs)? What kind of CoPs do you belong?
  8. 8. Key Features - CoP • Informal, ever-changing membership • Movement from periphery of practice to full membership • Negotiated meanings unique to the community, replete with its own jargon • Sites of knowledge construction
  9. 9. What are the implications for the idea that knowledge is socially constructed, not acquired, to your field of practice?
  10. 10. What are the implications for the idea that knowledge is socially constructed, not acquired, to your field of practice?

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