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What is the Situated Learning Theory?

Part 1

History of STL

How to apply SLT in an educational technology setting

Legitimate Peripheral Participation

Common SLT Envirnments


Situated Learning Theory

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Educational Setting: Cooking Lab

Implementation: Group cooking and plate preperation

Educational Setting: Online Class

Implementation: Menu Design Project



Part 2

How would I use it?

In the classroom

Education Technology



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  • Be broken down into smaller groups of 4
  • Expected to complete multiple dishes per chef
  • Students are alloted time to work cooperativly on plated dishes

Student groups of 24 will come together for 15 days to master the skills of pork, lamb, & game cookery. In this lab students will:

Cooking Lab details

  • Menu must have a theme
  • Menus must contain 3 appetizers, 5 entres, and 4 desserts
  • Bonus: Drink Menu with 3 options
  • Must share and interact with 2 other group projects
  • Each student must bring 2 outside menus as examples

25 students will participate in this online Menu Design class. Students will work in smaller groups with the help of Chef to create a themed menu of their choice.

Online Class Details

Students will work with a certified Chef instructor to complete this menu project. Students must also bring outside menus for inspiration.

  • Mina Herrera, S. P. (n.d.). Situated Learning Theory - Theoretical Models for Teaching and Research. Pressbooks. Retrieved March 15, 2024, from https://opentext.wsu.edu/theoreticalmodelsforteachingandresearch/chapter/situated-learning-theory/
  • Northern Illinois University Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning. (2012). Situated learning. In Instructional guide for university faculty and teaching assistants. Retrieved from https://www.niu.edu/citl/resources/guides/instructional-guide


  • Student field trips
  • Educational interships
  • Childrens daycare classrooms
  • Music and sports practice
  • Labritories classrooms

Where can this be seen?

Any cooperative education experiences in which multiple students are immersed and physically active in the process can be considered!

Learning in this setting is unintentional, which is called legitimate peripheral participation.The learner moves from the perimeter of the community to the center as they gains expertise. They are able to engage and participate actively in the sociocultural practices of the community

Let's break it down

  • Group discussion posts
  • Case Studies
  • Peer Teaching
  • White boards
  • Jigsaw activities

How can STL be used Educational Technoloy?

Situated learning involves learners in cooperative activities where they are challenged to use critical thinking and tactile learning abilities.

  • Students will start with basic knowledge and work together with chef to aquire the expertise skill of cooking!

In the cooking labs, students work with their group members to complete differnt dishes. Students will learn from each other and Chef to prep all plate components, manage time, style food, and participate in a professional kitchen.

How is this the SLT?

  • Developed in the early 1990's
  • Claim that students are more inclined to learn by actively participating in the learning experience

*Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger*

Who Developed this theory?

  • Learning takes place through the relationships between people and connecting prior knowledge with authentic, informal, and often unintended contextual learning

The Situated Learning theory is described as learning being developed when individuals have the opportunity to participate in a community setting

The basics

It is said that new learners can reach the level of the expert as they have more opportunities to practice within.

  • Discussion posts
  • Peer learning presentations
  • Peer Project editing
  • Group Menu Design Project
  • Menu matching game
  • Breakout sessions

Course Activities through LMS

SLT activities should be applicable and transferable to virtual settings, students’ homes, communities, and workplaces. Students will use the skills learned in this class throughout their careers in the food industry.