5. Learning Context for Engaged Learning
Knowledge-Building Learning Community.
The learning community resists fragmentation and competition and enables
students to learn more collaboratively.
Collaborative. In learning communities,
intelligence is assumed to be distributed among all members. Collaborative
classrooms, schools, and communities
encourage all students to ask hard questions; define problems; take charge
of the conversation when appropriate; participate in assessments and in
setting goals, standards, and benchmarks; have work-related conversations
with various adults in and outside school; and engage in entrepreneurial
Empathetic. Learning communities search
for strategies to build on the strengths of all members. These strategies
are especially important for learning
situations in which members have very different prior knowledge.