Teaching for Deep Understanding: What Every Educator Should Know

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This well-researched resource draws on the collaborative work between researchers and school practitioners to offer teaching strategies that promote deep understanding and higher-order thinking in students.

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Editorial Reviews

Eliot W. Larson

"Clearly communicates that for substantive improvements like teaching for understanding to be implemented successfully, it is necessary to involve the stakeholders. "

William Ferriter

"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. "

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412926959
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/26/2006
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the 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.

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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 Mc Adie, 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. Mc Dougall
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 Mc Adie
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 Mc Adie, Anne Rodrigue, Shawn Moore, and Nina Bascia

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