Situated learning, as defined by Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger, is a model of learning rooted within a community of practice. It is a process of interaction and relationship around a specific domain and which occurs within a social, cultural, and historical context, resulting in spontaneous learning. This entry first discusses the backgrounds of Lave and Wenger and the development of the situated learning model. It then discusses the precursors of situated learning and impact of situated learning. Finally, it discusses the implications of situated learning for instructional design.

Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger

Lave and Wenger each brings to the development of the model of situated learning rich, diverse academic preparation and professional research and experiences. Lave earned her PhD from Harvard University (1968) in ...

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