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7. Learning From Others - Learning in a Social Context

Web-based readings

Bransford, J. D., Brown, A. L., & Cocking, R. R. (Eds.). (2000). The design of learning environments (Chapter 6). In How people learn: Brain, mind, experience, and school. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.


Viadero, D. (1996, January 17). Mix and Match. Education Week on the Web, 16. Retrieved 1/12/03.

A number of innovative programs implemented with ?Schools for Thought? are described here. All these programs are based on theories of cognition and social learning.

Schulz, E. (1994, October). Designing woman. Teacher Magazine, 7. Retrieved 8/29/01.

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This article is an overview of Ann Brown's research, with an emphasis on the motivations and reasons for her research on social learning.

Related links

The Buck Institute for Education Problem Based Learning
This Web site is a collection of resources about project-based learning, including suggestions from teachers, a middle and high school teachers' handbook, Web resources, and teacher training. Included is a special section on problem-based social science (economics, government, geography and history).

The Center for Problem Based Learning (CPBL)
CPBL, established by the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, engages in problem-based learning research and development, teacher training, and curriculum development for K-16.

Creating a Community of Learners:  Lessons from a High School Journalism Program
This site illustrates a community of learners around a high school journalism program. The site provides background on learning communities as well as resources from which teachers may draw.

George Lucas Educational Foundation
The George Lucas Educational Foundation Web site provides feature articles related to project-based learning, interviews with experts, and examples of project-based learning from K-12 schools around the country.

Institute for Learning Technologies - Columbia University
The Institute for Learning Technologies was established in 1986 by Teachers College, Columbia University.  It is at the forefront of the movement to integrate technology into education.

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