CHAPTER 8

Scaffolding

Mark Gatenby

Support

The idea of the scaffold draws most obviously from the scaffolding used in building construction or renovation. Scaffolding acts as a frame around the building space to provide a temporary and adjustable structure to aid the activity of construction. The scaffolding structure is removed when the construction is secure enough to be self-supporting, or when it moves into a different phase of a project. Scaffolding can be erected and then dismantled a few days later, or it can sit there wrapped around a building for months or even years.

In learning situations, scaffolding can be designed to support cognitive and emotional experiences of a learner—whether a novice or expert. The difficult balancing act ...

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