8. Student Roles for Engaged Learning
Explorer. Students discover concepts
and connections and apply skills by interacting with the physical world,
materials, technology, and other people.
Such discovery-oriented exploration provides students with opportunities
to make decisions while figuring out the components/attributes of events,
objects, people, or concepts.
Cognitive Apprentice. Students become
cognitive apprentices when they observe, apply, and refine through practice
the thinking processes used by real-world practitioners. In this model,
students reflect on their practice in diverse situations and across a range
of tasks, and they articulate the common elements of their experiences.
Producers of Knowledge. Students generate
products for themselves and their community that synthesize and integrate
knowledge and skills. Through the use of technology, students increasingly
are able to make significant contributions to the world's knowledge.