Learning Environments for Cognitive Apprenticeship: From Experience to Expertise

  • Jules M. Pieters
  • Henneke F. M. de Bruijn
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 81)


This chapter is about adults learning in meaningful contexts using the computer for constructing their own learning experiences. Ideas and notions about authentic learning and real world learning in schools, advocated by Collins & Brown (1987) and by Resnick (1987) are very useful for creating a theoretical basis for providing learning environments intended for adults. But this new line research is lacking empirical evidence. We think cognitive apprenticeship is useful for modeling intelligent learning environments, in particular a coach-controlled environment assisting the adult learner to create learning experiences. Two questions are addressed. At first, what are the characteristics of cognitive apprenticeship and do they fit theoretically with adult learning. Secondly, can cognitive apprenticeship be used in a supportive computer-based learning environment. Evidence from a preliminary study is presented.


Learning Environment Cognitive Tool Authentic Learning Cognitive Apprenticeship Instructional Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jules M. Pieters
    • 1
  • Henneke F. M. de Bruijn
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TwenteThe Netherlands

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