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Learning in the Social Context

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Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning


Collaborative learning; Cooperative learning; Learning in context; Learning in groups; Learning in the workplace; Social cognition; Social constructivism; Social learning theory


Learning in the social context refers to all learning that occurs in and among groups of people. These groups may be made up of students in a class, employees at a worksite, or volunteering community workers at a village fair. They may comprise members with uniform or diverse social, political, cultural, linguistic, and educational backgrounds. They can be informal or formal, large or small, and exist for any length of time. Such groups may meet occasionally or regularly, anywhere and at anytime, and in either face-to-face or online, or in a combination of modes. Learning activities in such social contexts may be cooperative, collaborative, planned or unplanned, and they can be led by one or more individuals, or be completely self-organizing.

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Naidu, S., Bedgood, D.R. (2012). Learning in the Social Context. In: Seel, N.M. (eds) Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning. Springer, Boston, MA.

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