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Category
Situated Learning 
Type
Abstract 
Authors
 Anderson, J. R., Reder, L. M., Simon, H. A. 
Title
Situated Learning and Education 
Periodical
Educational Researcher 
Year
1996 
Volume
25 
Issue
Start Page
End Page
11 
Keywords
Situated Learning, Mathematics 
Abstract
This paper provides a review of the claims of situated learning that are having an increasing influence on education generally and mathematics education particularly. We review the four central claims of situated learning with respect to education:( 1) action is grounded in the concrete situation in which it occurs; (2) knowledge does not transfer between tasks; (3) training by abstraction is of little use; and (4) instruction must be done in complex, social environments. In each case, we cite empirical literature to show that the claims are overstated and that some of the educational implications that have been taken from these claims are misguided. 
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Key Findings
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Critical Issues & Discussion Points
Disputes these claims Claim 1: Action Is Grounded in the Concrete Situation in Which It Occurs Claim 2: Knowledge Does Not Transfer Between Tasks Claim 3: Training By Abstraction Is of Little Use Claim 4: Instruction Needs to be Done in Complex, Social Environments 
Notes and Quotes
We would like to close by acknowledging, as in the introduction, that situated learning has served a role in raising our consciousness to certain aspects of learning that were not fully appreciated in education. However, this consciousness-raising has had its negative aspects as well. Much of what we discussed in this paper were misguided implications for education drawn by the situated learning movement. It is not always clear that the original situated authors would endorse these implications. However, in the absence of disavowal from the cognitive science community, misguided practices can have the appearance of a basis in scientific research. 
Publisher
 AERA 
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APA Citation:
 Anderson, J. R., Reder, L. M., Simon, H. A., (1996) Situated Learning and Education. Educational Researcher. 25 (4), 5-11.

 

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