Context and High School Students: Doing What’s Real

Eagle Nest Canyon near Langtry, Texas, site of the Ancient Southwest Texas Project,  2014.

Eagle Nest Canyon near Langtry, Texas, site of the Ancient Southwest Texas Project, 2014.

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.

Eagle Cave-Where Context is Crucial.

via Eagle Cave-Where Context is Crucial.

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Context and High School Students: Doing What’s Real

  1. Good stuff

    Iain Davidson, IDHA Partners Mailing address: 10 Cluny Rd, Armidale, NSW 2350, Australia Mobile/cell phone AUS +61 402 106 853

    Emeritus Professor, University of New England”For those who’ve come across the seasWe’ve boundless plains to share,With courage let us all combine” http://une-au.academia.edu/IainDavidsonhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsPeer6622g http://www.flickr.com/photos/23766603@N07/ Last upload 13 April 2014

    Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:18:06 +0000 To: iain.davidson@live.com.au

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