What is an Authentic Learning Environment?

What is an Authentic Learning Environment?

Anthony Herrington (University of Wollongong, Australia) and Jan Herrington (University of Wollongong, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-935-9.ch008
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Abstract

Recent research and learning theory provides a wealth of thought, ideas and strategies to inform the design and implementation of learner-centered, realistic and effective learning environments. This chapter proposes guidelines for designing authentic learning environments for higher education that can be applied across a range of disciplines and in a variety of modes. Characteristics of the approach are explored in depth, and the chapters of the book are introduced as examples of authentic learning environments in diverse subject areas and contexts. The chapter provides a practical framework for teachers wishing to break away from traditional, teacher-centered approaches in higher education, and who are willing to create learning environments where students are motivated to learn in rich, relevant and real-world contexts.

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