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ERIC Number: EJ760039
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4308
Using Situated Cognition Theory in Researching Student Experience of the Workplace
Case, Jennifer; Jawitz, Jeff
Journal of Research in Science Teaching, v41 n5 p415-431 May 2004
It has been proposed that situated cognition theory, in which learning is conceptualized as induction into a community of practice through the activity of legitimate peripheral participation, offers an appropriate theoretical perspective for examining issues of gender in science education. This study critically engages with this proposal by means of an investigation of the vacation work experiences of a group of South African final-year civil and chemical engineering students. Issues of race and gender appeared prominently and spontaneously in focus group and interview data. An analysis of these data using the situated cognition framework allowed for a deeper understanding of these issues and their impact on learning. It was found that access to legitimate peripheral participation was critical for good learning outcomes (associated with positive identity formation) while denial of this access (as sometimes experienced by black and female students) appeared to be related to less effective learning and poor feelings of self-worth.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa