Context is important in many fields. For example the word “cap” can have radically different meanings depending on context, or the words around it in a sentence. “He put the cap on his head,” illustrates one meaning, while “they discussed cap and trade,” conveys another. “Capping enrollment” is not the same as “capping a graduate.”
In archaeology, the stuff found around an artifact or ecofact is also context, and can inform how the object was used, as the following article from the Ancient Southwest Texas Project, currently underway on the Rio Grande, will explain. In education, we have known for a long time that context, or the stuff around learning, is also important. The article also describes how some very lucky high school students are learning in a real-world context.