Date of Award

8-31-2003

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)

Department

Liberal Studies

First Reader

Bret Ingerman

Second Reader

Lawrence Ries

Abstract

Adult learning and achievement in technology education can be enhanced through the process of integrated learning, rather than through learning skills in isolation. An integrated learning program helps provide the opportunity for instructors to help their students make connections and form relationships across the boundaries of classroom, discipline, skill, and background. Situated cognition refers to the idea that cognitive processes (including thinking and learning) are located in physical and social contexts. By providing technology education using information contexts (histories, stories, explanations, backgrounds), adult learners can draw on both what they have learned in life and are learning in the classroom.

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