How can a theory guide or inform practice?
Academicians are cognizant that theory driven by research directly related to practice is beneficial in any field of study. Theory provides an explanation of a problem portraying the distinguishing features of that problem, and providing data accordingly. In education, application of theory can inform practice and research to school and classroom circumstances considering societal, cultural, and ethical issues. This paper will explore theory to practice through the lens of connectivism and the issues of translating theory into practice.
Connectivism refers to a theory of learning that stresses the contribution of cultural and social context in the learning process. Connectivism is closely linked to activity theory proposed by Engeström (Dunaway, 2011). The association between knowledge, education, and experience is an important aspect of connectivism. In the digital era, connectivism refers to a learning theory that stresses technology and communication and their effects on a student’s education.