Understanding by Design / Edition 2

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The highly anticipated second edition of Understanding by Design poses the core, essential questions of understanding and design, and provides readers with 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 book proposes a multifaceted approach, with the six “facets” of understanding. The facets combine with backward design to provide a powerful, expanded array of practical tools and strategies for designing curriculum, instruction, and assessments that lead students at all grade levels to genuine understanding. The second edition, a refined work, has been thoroughly and extensively revised, updated, and expanded, including improvement of the UbD Template, the key terms of UbD, dozens of worksheets, and some of the larger concepts. The authors have successfully put together a text that demonstrates what best practice in the design of learning looks like, enhancing for its audience their capability for creating more engaging and effective learning, whether the student is a third grader, a college freshman, or a faculty member.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131950849
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Series: ASCD Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 64,090
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures.




1. Backward Design.

2. Understanding Understanding.

3. Gaining Clarity on Our Goals.

4. The Six Facets of Understanding.

5. Essential Questions: Doorways to Understanding.

6. Crafting Understandings.

7. Thinking like an Assessor.

8. Criteria and Validity.

9. Planning for Learning.

10. Teaching for Understanding.

11. The Design Process.

12. The Big Picture: UbD as Curriculum Framework.

13. "Yes, but..."

Afterword: Getting Started.

Appendix: Sample 6-Page Template.





About the Authors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2006

    Every teacher should apply Understanding by Design

    Wiggin's framework for curriculum design is one that every teacher should apply. Too many teachers 'shoot from the hip' with no real idea of their curriculum's destination--and, hello, that is why we have No Child Left Behind! Read thoughtfully and carefully, this book will revolutionize your pedagogy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2002

    Not an introductory textbook

    This is a good book BUT this is not a book to chose if you have no ideas about what instructional design (ID) is or what the components of planning effective curriculums/courses. This is NOT an introductory book BUT it is not difficult reading. I bought this book thinking it was an introductory book, but it is not. I highly recommend reading an intro to ID book and then use this book as a complement. This books strong point is proposing a new way to do ID--- which of course cannot be appreciated if you do not know what it is (hence this is not an introdcutory text) via a three step and very detailed process. The book also defines the 6 components of understanding and how to flush them out in lessons/activities and assessment. This book isn't well organized BUT the information is very good. I would have read the chapters in different order. I would read 1, 4, and 7 first and then the rest of the bok in order.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    This is one of my favorite textbooks!

    Absolutely love this text book! It is so enjoyable to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

    New names, old concepts

    The authors seem to think that no teacher starts anything with a plan in mind, but instead randomly teaches concepts. If you are looking for a reminder of how to plan, it is useful.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    Lesson Planning Excellence

    This book is a very detailed approach to lesson planning. It is heavy reading in parts, but very worthwhile. In today's world of accountability, this planning process is vital and required!

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