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Situated Perspectives on Learning
Situated perspectives on learning
Historical Overview

Situated perspectives are relative newcomers to theoretical perspectives used explicitly as a basis for research in physical education. New perspectives on learning develop as researchers uncover the limits of current theories and seek to address questions they cannot address adequately with current theory. The need to understand learning in different ways or in different circumstances also arises as national priorities, political agendas, and goals for education broaden or change and demand new curricular and instructional approaches. “A fundamental tenet of modern learning theory is that different kinds of learning goals require different approaches to instruction; new goals for education require changes in opportunities to learn” (National Research Council, 1999: xvi).

There are many different situated perspectives from a ...

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