Portable Technologies

Science Learning in Context

  • Robert F. Tinker
  • Joseph S. Krajcik

Part of the Innovations in Science Education and Technology book series (ISET, volume 13)

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About this book


Education has traditionally studied the world by bringing it into the classroom. This can result in situated learning that appears to students to have no relevance outside the classroom. Students acquire inert, decontextualized knowledge that they cannot apply to real problems. The obvious solution to this shortcoming is to reverse the situation and bring the classroom to the phenomena: to learn in a rich, real-world context. The problem with the real world is that it is complex and filled with interactions that are hard to sort out. The editors and authors believe that the right tools might help students with this sorting process and result in learning in rich contexts. This book is an account of a series of experiments designed to explore the validity of this insight.


Action complex curriculum curriculum design education environment experiment innovation interaction knowledge learning school technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert F. Tinker
    • 1
  • Joseph S. Krajcik
    • 2
  1. 1.The Concord ConsortiumConcordUSA
  2. 2.University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-46643-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0638-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1873-1058
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