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Understanding by Design

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780130930583

ISBN10:
013093058X
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2001
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall

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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
iv
Foreword v
Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1(6)
What Is Backward Design?
7(13)
What Is a Matter of Understanding?
20(18)
Understanding Understanding
38(6)
The Six Facets of Understanding
44(19)
Thinking Like an Assessor
63(22)
How Is Understanding Assessed in Light of the Six Facets?
85(13)
What Is Uncoverage?
98(17)
What the Facets Imply for Unit Design
115(19)
Implications for Organizing Curriculum
134(24)
Implications for Teaching
158(19)
Putting It All Together: A Design Template
177(14)
Afterword 191(3)
Bibliography 194(7)
About the Authors 201


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