Cognitive Apprenticeship

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Course Introduction

Learning happens in a social environment. Learning has always come about through a teacher-learner mode whether in the classroom, workshop, or home. The roles in an apprenticeship environment are master (teacher) and apprentice (learner). The teacher explains to the learner how to do a task, demonstrated and modeled the task, and corrected the learner so that the learner could attain mastery of the task. The apprentice learns domain-specific methods through a combination of observation, coaching, and practice.

Cognitive Apprenticeship is an instructional model that bridges between traditional apprenticeships teaching activities to modern instructional methods of skills building and problem-solving in the learning environment. Cognitive apprenticeship emphasizes teaching processes that experts use to handle complex tasks, cognitive skills and processes. Cognitive apprenticeship is designed to bring cognitive processes into the open, where students can observe, enact, and practice cognitive skills. This course introduces you to the Cognitive Apprenticeship instructional model and helps you identify ways to incorporate the model in your classroom for problem-solving tasks.

Click on one of the following links to begin this course:

Unit 1 - Introduction to Cognitive Apprenticeship

Unit 2 - Principles for Designing a Cognitive Apprenticeship Classroom

Unit 3 - Wrap Up and Course Evaluation

Collins, Alan. Cognitive Apprenticeship. The Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences (2006). Sawyer, R. K. (Eds). New York: Cambridge University Press.

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