Guideline: Draw connections between concepts being studied and professional, disciplinary and/or real-world contexts.
When our interest is aroused in something, whether it is an academic subject or a hobby, we enjoy working hard at it. We come to feel that we can in some way own it and use it to make sense of the world around us…And this is even more likely if an explanation is added as to why the particular method or fact that has to be learned will be useful in the future.
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Learning is essentially a matter of creating meaning from the real activities of daily living. By embedding subject matter in the ongoing experiences of the learners and by creating opportunities for learners to live subject matter in the context of real-world challenges, knowledge is acquired and learning transfers from the classroom to the realm of practice.
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