Supporting Contextualization: Lessons Learned from Throughout the Globe

David Fortus, Joseph Krajcik

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To deal with the environmental, scientific, and health challenges facing the world, individuals throughout the globe will need to experience science education that will allow them to develop usable STEM knowledge. Contextualization plays a crucial role in developing usable knowledge. Without appropriate contextualization, most knowledge remains inert. Although contextualization can provide meaning to an otherwise abstract science topic, inappropriate contextualization can also distract, confuse, and activate irrelevant knowledge. We review the prior chapters and identify four challenges in designing appropriately contextualized learning environments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Perspectives on the Contextualization of Science Education
ISBN (Electronic)9783030279820
StatePublished - 4 Feb 2020


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