Teaching for Deep Understanding: What Every Educator Should Know

Teaching for Deep Understanding: What Every Educator Should Know

By: Kenneth Leithwood (editor), Anne Rodrigue (editor), Bascia Nina (editor), Pat McAdie (editor)Paperback

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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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About Author

Dr. Leithwood is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at OISE/University of Toronto. His research and writing concerns school leadership, educational policy and organizational change. Dr. Leithwood has published more than 70 referred journal articles, and authored or edited more than thirty books. 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 (all with Corwin Press) include Leadership With Teachers' Emotions In Mind (in press), Making Schools Smarter (3rd edition, 2006) and Teaching for Deep Understanding (2006). Among his current research projects is a large, five-year, Wallace Foundation study, with colleagues, aimed at determining how state, district and school-level leadership influences student learning. Dr. Leithwood is the recent recipient of the University of Toronto's Impact on Public Policy award.


About the Editors About the Contributors Acknowledgments Preface 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 References Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 08/06/2006
  • ISBN13: 9781412926966
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 216
  • ID: 9781412926966
  • weight: 517
  • ISBN10: 1412926963

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