ERIC Number: ED481403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Developing Situational Learning Events: A Practical Merger of Real-Life Events with Content Instruction.
Salyer, B. Keith; Thyfault, Alberta
This paper discusses the value of merging real-life events with content instruction and provides six sample lessons to illustrate such instruction. A brief review of the literature notes historic recognition of the importance of applied learning, the issue of retention and transfer of learning, the approach of using content relevant experiences within which new skills are grounded, and the use of students' experiences as a source of intrinsic motivation. The ready availability of instructional materials appropriate to this approach, such as newspapers, magazines, advertisements, etc., is noted. The six examples include two lessons contained within the classroom and four that begin in the classroom but extend far beyond it. The lessons address the subject areas of mathematics, language arts, art, social studies, photography, computers, grammar, and composition. The lessons have the following titles: (1) "Cooking For..."; (2) "School Newspaper Production"; (3) "City, County, and State Newspapers"; (4) "Wooden Working"; (5) "Wrinkle Painting T-Shirts"; and (6) "Political Cartoons." (Contains 11 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Rural Survival. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) (23rd, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 20-22, 2003); see ED 476 123.