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Understanding by Design

by Grant P. Wiggins and Jay McTighe

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PUBLISHED: 31st January 2005
ISBN: 9781416600350
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  • Paperback
    $78.76
PUBLISHED: 31st January 2005
ISBN: 9781416600350

Publisher Description

What is understanding and how does it differ from knowledge? How can we determine the big ideas worth understanding? Why is understanding an important teaching goal, and how do we know when students have attained it? How can we create a rigorous and engaging curriculum that focuses on understanding and leads to improved student performance in today's high-stakes, standards-based environment? Authors Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe answer these and many other questions in this second edition of Understanding by Design . Drawing on feedback from thousands of educators around the world who have used the UbD framework since its introduction in 1998, the authors have greatly revised and expanded their original work to guide educators across the K-16 spectrum in the design of curriculum, assessment, and instruction. With an improved UbD Template at its core, the book explains the rationale of backward design and explores in greater depth the meaning of such key ideas as essential questions and transfer tasks . Readers will learn why the familiar coverage- and activity-based approaches to curriculum design fall short, and how a focus on the six facets of understanding can enrich student learning. With an expanded array of practical strategies, tools, and examples from all subject areas, the book demonstrates how the research-based principles of Understanding by Design apply to district frameworks as well as to individual units of curriculum. Combining provocative ideas, thoughtful analysis, and tested approaches, this new edition of Understanding by Design offers teacher-designers a clear path to the creation of curriculum that ensures better learning and a more stimulating experience for students and teachers alike.

Author Biography

Wiggins directs the Center on Learning, Assessment, and School Structure, an educational and consulting organization. He consults with school districts across the country, conducting teacher training on new forms of assessment.

Product Details

Author
Grant P. Wiggins, Jay McTighe
Short Title
UNDERSTANDING BY DESIGN
Pages
370
Publisher
Association for Supervision & Curriculum Deve
Language
English
Edition
2nd
ISBN-10
1416600353
ISBN-13
9781416600350
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2005
Publication Date
2005-01-31
Residence
Pennington, NJ, US
Series
Professional Development
Audience
College/Higher Education