SCCS Instructional design

In Research on June 11, 2009 at 7:37 am

Marie Sontag offers a new learning theory to shape K-12 teaching. Sontag’s social and cognitive connectedness schema (SCCS) theory works from the idea that ubiquitous digital technology has changed the way students access, assess, and integrate new information and acquire knowledge. SCCS offers a structure for instructional design that fosters learning by taking advantage of these changes to engage students and encourage learning transfer. Sontag describes a pilot study, conducted in an elementary school language arts class, that indicates that instruction patterned using the SCCS model can improve retention, understanding, and learning transfer.

Here’s an example:
“link, lurk, and lunge”: Students link up with others who have the knowledge they need; they lurk, watching others who know how do to what they want to do; and they lunge, jumping in to try new things often without seeking guidance beforehand

Marie Sontag does not seem to mention another new learning theory… connectivism from George Siemens. Look and compare both quotes:

These days we do not consume knowledge as a passive entity that remains unchanged as it moves through our world and our work. We dance and we court the knowledge of others- in ways the original creators did not intend. We make it ours, and in so doing, diminish the prominence of the originator. (Siemens, 2006)


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