Contextualized teaching and learning utilizes strategies to enhance students’ basic and academic skills utilizing examples of real world context that is of interest to the students. In the SIP program English Faculty will utilize science topics as a context for reading and writing instruction in the classroom. A Science Faculty partner will assist in the SIP English classroom and provide the necessary science background for students to understand the science context.
Dr. Dolores Perin of the Community College Research Center at Teachers College has written extensively on the reading and writing skills of academically under prepared college students, and has conducted an intervention study in which literacy skills were contextualized in science topics.
- A Contextualized Curricular Supplement for Developmental Reading and Writing – This journal article describes two experiments that investigate the impact of a contextualized intervention. Publication – July 2013 Dolores Perin, Rachel Hare Bork, Stephen T. Peverly & Linda H. Mason
- A Contextualized Intervention for Community College Developmental Reading and Writing Students – This paper provides evidence on the potential efficacy of a contextualized approach in helping students develop an important academic skill, written summarization. Publication – January 2012 Dolores Perin, Rachel Hare Bork, Stephen T. Peverly, Linda H. Mason & Megan Vaselewski
- Facilitating Student Learning Through Contextualization (Assessment of Evidence Series) – This journal article reviews the evidence for contextualization, an instructional approach that connects foundational skills and college-level content. Publication – July 2011 Dolores Perin
- Contextualizing Instruction: A Promising Way to Address Texas College and Career Readiness Standards – This workshop looked at contextualization and different ways in which it can be implemented. Presentation June 2011
- Supplementing Developmental Education with Contextualized Reading and Writing Practice – This session discussed an intervention providing supplementary reading and writing practice to 246 upper-level developmental education students in two community colleges. Presentation April 2011
- All Learning is Learning: Contextual Approaches to Developmental Education – League presentation on contextualizing developmental education. Presentation March 2008