Understanding by Design

Understanding by Design

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Winner of a 1999 EdPress Distinguished Achievement Award! What is understanding and how does it differ from knowing? What do we want students to understand and be able to do? What enduring knowledge is worth understanding? How will we know that students truly understand and can apply knowledge in a meaningful way? How can we design our courses and units to emphasize understanding and "uncoverage" rather than "coverage"? Understanding by Design explores these questions and provides practical solutions for the teacher-designer. The book opens by analyzing the logic of backward design as an alternative to coverage and activity-oriented plans. Though backward from habit, this approach brings more focus and coherence to instruction. The text proposes a multifaceted approach, with the six "facets" of understanding. The facets combine with backward design to provide a powerful, practical framework for designing curriculum, assessment, and instruction.
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  • Paperback | 201 pages
  • 198.1 x 248.9 x 12.7mm | 362.88g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • 013093058X
  • 9780130930583

Table of contents

Introduction. 1. What Is Backward Design? 2. What Is a Matter of Understanding? 3. Understanding Understanding. 4. The Six Facets of Understanding. 5. Thinking Like an Assessor. 6. How Is Understanding Assessed in Light of the Six Facets? 7. What Is Uncoverage? 8. What the Facets Imply for Unit Design. 9. Implications for Organizing Curriculum. 10. Implications for Teaching. 11. Putting It All Together: A Design Template. Afterword. Bibliography.
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