Teaching Merchandising Math: Aligning Four Perspectives on Learning Environments
The framework of aligning four perspectives on learning environments was synthesized by Bransford, Brown and Cocking (1999) based on new understandings of how people learn. The four perspectives are learner-centered, knowledge-centered, assessment-centered and community-centered. Although the framework has gained significant attention from educators across K-12 and post secondary (i.e. Pintrich, 2004), most studies only focused on one of the four perspectives without demonstrating ‘a systems approach’ that is needed to design an effective learning environment (Bransford, et al., 1999). The purpose of this study was to illustrate such a systematic approach through a merchandising math class.