What is Task-Centered Learning?

Abstract: 

Many recent models of learning and instruction center learning on real-world tasks and problems to support knowledge application and transfer. Of the many different approaches to centering learning on real-world tasks and problems, one main area in recent literature attempts to balance the efficiency of adequate learner support with the effectiveness of centering learning on real-world tasks. Names for the various models in this area have included problem-centered instruction, cognitive apprenticeship, elaboration theory, and task-centered learning/instruction. As yet there has not been much comparison or combination of the prescriptions of these task-centered approaches to learning. Therefore, we compare and combine several task-centered learning models to outline essential prescriptive elements of a task-centered learning approach.

About the Author

Joel Gardner, Ph.D.

Dr. Gardner is currently an instructional designer and department chair for the International Institute for Innovative Instruction at Franklin University.