Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning

2012 Edition
| Editors: Norbert M. Seel

Situated Cognition

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1428-6_16

Synonyms

Definition

Humans are socially curious beings and learn mostly through social interaction with others. This social interaction involves context, culture, activity, discourse, people, and so on. Situated cognition is the study of human learning that takes place when someone is doing something in both the real and virtual world, and therefore learning occurs in a situated activity that has social, cultural, and physical contexts.

Theoretical Background

Situated cognition is a theoretical approach to human learning that supports the idea that learning takes place when an individual is doing something. Situated cognition has been positioned as an alternative to information processing theory. Situated cognition theory promises to complete the symbolic-computation approach to cognition, as information processing theory neglects conscious reasoning and thought (Wilson and Myers 2000). Researchers...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Communication, School of CommunicationAnadolu UniversityEskisehirTurkey