Teaching for Deep Understanding

Teaching for Deep Understanding : What Every Educator Should Know

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How do teachers successfully bridge the chasm between large numbers of very specific educational standards and deep understanding of important ideas? This well-researched text is based on the collaborative work between researchers and school practitioners to help answer this fundamental question.

The authors have drawn from the most up-to-date research to help teachers, curriculum developers, and school leaders discover how to implement and promote learner-centred, quality teaching strategies that encourage students' understanding. Organized in five parts, this text systematically uncovers how to:

o Advance student learning using leading-edge research on powerful forms of instruction

o Foster metacognition in students and encourage them to take control of their own learning

o Extend learning from academic thinking to real-world application across all disciplines

o Learn how to instil a culture of deep understanding among students while still meeting specific achievement standards found in most district and state curricula

This timely and accessible resource reveals how rethinking school curriculum and teaching for deeper knowledge transfer can help students take control of their own learning.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 215 x 279 x 12.19mm | 510g
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • 1412926963
  • 9781412926966
  • 986,819

Table of contents

About the Editors
About the Contributors
Part 1: The Significance and Meaning of "Deep Understanding"
1. Deep Understanding for All Students: The Overriding Goal for Schooling - Kenneth Leithwood, Pat McAdie, Nina Bascia, Anne Rodrigue, and Shawn Moore
2. Reflections on Depth - Carl Bereiter
3. The Starting Point: Constructivist Accounts of Learning - Clive Beck and Clare Kosnik
4. Understanding "Understanding": A Review of the Literature - Sandra Folk
Part 2: Teaching for Deep Understanding in the Disciplines
5. Mathematics - John Ross and Douglas E. McDougall
6. The Role of Literacy and Literature - David Booth
7. Imagine ... An Enlightening and Empowering Science and Technology Education - Larry Bencze
8. Understanding Technology - Carl Bereiter
9. Deepening Understanding and Competence in Social Studies Teaching - Mark Evans and Ian Hundey
10. Imagining Drama/Theatre and the Arts - Kathleen Gallagher
Part 3: Teaching for Deep Understanding Across the Curriculum
11. Multiliteracies Pedagogy and the Role of Identity Texts - Jim Cummins
12. Teaching Wisdom Through Deep Critical Thinking and Development of Character - Michel Ferrari
13. Technology for Understanding - Marlene Scardamalia
14. Knowledge Building in Elementary Science - Richard Messina and Richard Reeve
15. Classroom Assessment for Deep Understanding - Lorna Earl
Part 4: The Challenge of Teaching for Deep Understanding
16. What Teachers Think - Pat McAdie
Part 5: Enabling the Teaching of Deep Understanding
17. Conditions Which Influence Teaching for Understanding - Sandra Folk
18. The Importance of Partnerships to Support and Sustain Teaching for Deep Understanding - Nina Bascia, Anne Rodrigue, and Shawn Moore
19. Teaching for Depth in Teacher Education - Carol Rolheiser and Mark Evans
20. Summary and Recommendations - Kenneth Leithwood, Pat McAdie, Anne Rodrigue, Shawn Moore, and Nina Bascia
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"A refreshing reminder of the true nature of learning, providing a theoretical foundation, practical applications, and action strategies for promoting deeper understandings in our classrooms." -- William Ferriter, NBCT Teacher of the Year "Clearly communicates that for substantive improvements like teaching for understanding to be implemented successfully, it is necessary to involve the stakeholders." -- Eliot W. Larson, Principal
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About Kenneth Leithwood

Dr. Leithwood is Emeritus Professor at OISE/University of Toronto. His research and writing is about school leadership, educational policy and organizational change. He has published extensively on these topics. For example, he is the senior editor of both the first and second International Handbooks on Educational Leadership and Administration (Kluwer Publishers, 1996, 2003). His most recent books include How School Leaders Contribute to Student Success (2017, Springer), Linking Leadership to Student Learning (2012, Jossey Bass), Leading School Turnaround (2010, Jossey Bass), Distributed leadership: The state of the evidence (2009, Routledge), Leading with Teachers' Emotions in Mind (2008, Corwin), Making Schools Smarter (Corwin, 3rd edition, 2006) and Teaching for Deep Understanding (Corwin, 2006). Among his awards, Professor Leithwood is the inaugural recipient of the University of Toronto's Impact on Public Policy award, AERA (Division A) 2011 Outstanding Leadership Researcher Award, the 2012 Roald F. Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award from the University Council for Educational Administration and the Ontario Principal Councils' Outstanding Contributions to Education Award for 2016. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. With colleagues, he has completed one of the largest studies of its kind about how state, district and school-level leadership influences student learning.
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