Contextual Learning

"Contextual learning is reality-based, outside-of-the-classroom experience, within a specific context which serves as a catalyst for students to utilize their disciplinary knowledge, and which presents a forum for further formation of their personal values, faith, and professional development. Beyond the challenge of direct, meaningful experience, contextual learning requires reflection to build lasting cognitive connections. Contextual learning structures may include internships, service learning, and study abroad programs, among others."

 

Michael True
Director, Internship Center
Messiah College
May 9, 2002