Contextual Learning for Sustainability
The Cambridge Dictionary (2019) defines context as “the situation within which something exists or happens, and that can help explain it.” On an analytical level, this definition implies a distinction between text (the something) and context (the situation in which this something is involved).
Contextual layers are analytical distinctions to characterize distinct interrelations between text and context. For example, and related to the Science, Technology, and Science (STS) field, a contextual layer can included contexts of technology in its materialized form (e.g., context of use), contexts of technology in an institutionalized form (e.g., standardizations), and contexts of technology in a discursive form (e.g., a public debate). Other analytical distinctions can refer to contexts on micro-, meso-, and macrolevels.
In a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) environment, authentic problems are social constructs that represent a discrepancy...
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