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Cognitive Apprenticeship for Teaching Computer Science and Leadership in Virtual Worlds

Cognitive Apprenticeship for Teaching Computer Science and Leadership in Virtual Worlds
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Author(s): Cynthia Calongne (Colorado Technical University, USA), Andrew G. Stricker (The Air University, USA), Barbara Truman (University of Central Florida, USA) and Fil J. Arenas (The Air University, USA)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 21
Source title: Recent Advances in Applying Identity and Society Awareness to Virtual Learning
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Andrew G. Stricker (The Air University, USA), Cynthia Calongne (Colorado Technical University, USA), Barbara Truman (University of Central Florida, USA) and Fil J. Arenas (The Air University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9679-0.ch010

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Abstract

Cognitive apprenticeship refers to the development of skills under the guidance and tutelage of a domain expert. This chapter covers the theory and highlights 10 years of virtual learning experiences and 52 classes using the cognitive apprenticeship model. It reflects on the impact of presence and explores how learning communities develop as students assume roles and learn by working next to skilled faculty. The examples reinforce the value of deep immersion and identity in situated learning. The software design activities illustrate the benefits experienced when students assume ownership and structure their activities. Through self-reflection, learners illustrated the power of design thinking through group and individual design studios. The chapter concludes with observations from 400 eighth graders and reflections on future work in the design of sustainable learning programs for computer science and leadership education.

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