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Anchored Instruction

Anchored instruction “ refers to instruction in which the material to be learned is presented in the context of an authentic event that serves to anchor or situate the material and, further, allows it to be examined from multiple perspectives.” (Barab 2000:5). Anchored instruction is a major paradigm for technology-based learning that has been developed by the Cognition & Technology Group at Vanderbilt (CTGV) under the leadership of John Bransford.” ( Anchored Instruction, retrieved 13:24, 21 July 2006 (MEST). “Anchored instruction lies within the social constructivist paradigm since small groups work together to understand and solve realistic problems. Anchored instruction is most closely related to the goal-based scenario model. While anchored instruction may also resemble problem-based learning (PBL), it is less open-ended.

  • Learners are presented “stories” (a case study, a problem, etc.) that encourages learners to perceive / formulate problems.
  • This material and further materials then serve to “anchor” subsequent learning. It also should encourage exploration.

close cousins are case-based learningproblem-based learning, and project-based learning


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