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Active Learning Conference – June 4, 2012

Over 100 teachers and other professionals gathered at the Sandman Hotel in Longueuil to hear presentations from John Seely Brown and Robin Wright. They spent the afternoon working actively in groups studying Active Learning issues in Educational Technology, Inclusive Design, Educational Environment, Assessment, and Classroom Management.

Here is a souvenir.
Link to Robin’s PowerPoint presentation.
Link to JSB’s PowerPoint presentation.

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Situated Learning and John Seely Brown

John Seely Brown

John Seely Brown

John Seely Brown et al  published Situated Learning and the Culture of Learning in 1989. It is an important foundation block in the evolving notions of Situated Learning and Active Learning.

Situated Knowledge

The authors argue that all knowledge is situated, that is, it has a context. The biologist practices his craft in the world of flora and fauna and addresses real problems. What educators inevitably try to extract from the observed practitioner is what Seely Brown calls explicit knowledge . The contents of a text book demonstrate the look and feel of this kind of knowledge. But, Brown argues, the biologist also makes use of another kind of knowledge which he calls tacit knowledge. This knowledge embodies the tricks of the trade, the special strategies, or the rules of thumb known to any good biologist. This latter type of knowledge does not get captured when we try to emulate the knowledge of the biologist in classroom curriculum. According to Seely Brown et al