Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom

Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom

by H. Lynn Erickson (Editor), Carol Ann Tomlinson (Foreword by)
This indispensable guide combines proven curriculum design with teaching methods that encourage students to learn concepts as well as content and skills for deep understanding across all subject areas. Synthesizing H. Lynn Erickson's past 18 years of fieldwork with teachers, curriculum developers, teacher educators, and instructional leaders, this resource offers a


This indispensable guide combines proven curriculum design with teaching methods that encourage students to learn concepts as well as content and skills for deep understanding across all subject areas. Synthesizing H. Lynn Erickson's past 18 years of fieldwork with teachers, curriculum developers, teacher educators, and instructional leaders, this resource offers a complete guide to designing curriculum and instruction that foster the continuous growth and development of a student's critical, abstract, and creative learning skills. Educators will learn how to

  • Bring coherence and clarity to high-quality curriculum design and instructional planning
  • Teach the way that students' minds learn best
  • Encourage students' creative and abstract thinking, regardless of level or subject area
  • Gain the support of principals and district administrators

Editorial Reviews

Lois Lanning
"The book provides the foundation for understanding the structure of knowledge, Bloom's taxonomy (original and revised), and the terminology associated with contemporary instructional practice. It has a style that enables the reader to assimilate complex ideas easily."
Kathy Hargrove
"The author makes a strong appeal for raising the level of curriculum development. Reader friendlywithlots of illustrations and examples, personal in tone,and down to earth. I especially like thepractical approaches and step-by-step guidance."
Carol Ann Tomlinson
"This book is smart, and wise, and energizing. It honors the disciplines we teach by reminding us of their inherent meaning, rather than allowing us to accept them as collections of data. It honors teachers with the belief that they grow as human beings through understanding the power of what they teach and crafting approaches for sharing that power with young learners. It honors students by expecting them to become thinkers capable of reasoned stewardship of the world they live in and will inherit. It maps out a path for achieving the twin goals of content understanding and developing thinking—both too long absent in too many schools."
Jay McTighe
"Well written with a practical orientation. Its numerous examples help bring the abstract ideas to life. It addresses the needs of present-day educators, such asdealing with voluminous content standards and accountability tests. This book makes a worthwhile and important contribution to the field."
William Fitzhugh
"Contains many charts that show how content, methodology, and assessment are integrated. The blank documents that teachers can photocopy are great. The tables really help me understand what the text says."
Jay Mc Tighe
"Well written with a practical orientation. Its numerous examples help bring the abstract ideas to life. It addresses the needs of present-day educators, such asdealing with voluminous content standards and accountability tests. This book makes a worthwhile and important contribution to the field."
Julie Stern
"This revised edition is essential for all educators! If you want to help students deal with the overwhelming rate of complexity and information overload they face, look no further. This practical guide will help you design units for deep learning that lasts."
Jennifer T. H. Wathall
"This new, updated edition of Erickson’s Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom provides deep insights on how to create a thinking classroom by developing intellect and preparing our students for the 21st Century. This is a research-based, practical guide to designing curriculum and instruction that focuses on conceptual understandings through utilizing an inquiry-based approach. This book is bursting with examples and systematic strategies to engage and motivate our students. A must read for all 21st century educators!"
Karen L. List
"The authors are justly intent on advancing the intellect of our students and ensuring schools are places that shape lifelong learners. The Concept-Based approach challenges teachers to think deeply about what and how they are teaching so that students deepen their understanding and retain and apply what they’ve learned. One of the greatest challenges any teacher faces is the transfer of agency from the teacher to the student. Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction does just that. If we are serious about promoting engaged, motivated, productive, creative citizens, our teacher preparation institutions must provide in-depth guidance in this powerful design process. It is imperative that pre-service teachers understand “how knowledge and processes are structured and the relationship of these structures to teaching, learning, and intellectual development.” I know of no better resource to guide pre-service teachers in the development of thinking students than this text and others by these authors."
Ashish Trivedi

"Teachers must be able to engage and motivate learners before they can teach them. However, engagement and motivation only come when learning is relevant and intrinsically interesting. For learning to be relevant and intrinsically interesting, teachers must start by crafting deeper conceptual understandings of personal or transferable significance. Given the pressures of a coverage curriculum, developing students’ critical, creative and conceptual minds is one of the biggest challenges our teachers face today. This brilliant piece of work by Lynn, Lois, and Rachel is what teachers need to address the challenge. The authors have beautifully presented a broad range of theoretically grounded and highly practical strategies to improve student engagement, thinking, and motivation through the principles of Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction. "

Charles Fadel
“What should students know in an age of search engines? As factual and procedural knowledge are a click away, education needs to foster contextualization and higher order thinking through a focus on transferable conceptual understandings. This should be the Holy Grail of a modern education, which needs to crisply redefine what type of content matter is most needed so as to reserve time and space for deeper learning to occur. This essential book translates the needed sophistication of concept-based learning into actionable classroom practices, which every teacher will be enchanted to have.”
Guadalupe Arellano
"A must read for all teacher credentialing programs. A valuable teacher’s guide on creating deep, passionate concept-based units of inquiry. This book artfully engages the reader’s thinking and takes them through a journey merging best practices in teaching and learning with brain based pedagogy. Once again, the authors explicitly demonstrate why Concept-Based teaching and learning is essential for all 21st century learners."
Carla Marschall

"The 2nd edition of Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction effectively brings together Erickson's Structure of Knowledge and Lanning's Structure of Process to present a coherent vision for Concept-Based teaching and learning across the disciplines. The enhanced focus on inquiry reiterates the importance of giving children the opportunity to form their own conceptual understandings inductively. I recommend this book to anyone interested in getting to the heart of Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction!"

Caroline Joslin-Callahan
"This book provides support for educators implementing a concept-based curriculum. The practical planning steps and concrete examples for a range of grade levels provide an invaluable guide for those who aspire to make learning powerful. The book does not shy away from the reality of what a challenging journey the transition to a concept-based curriculum will be; rather it embraces the challenge as part of the joy of learning."

Product Details

SAGE Publications
Publication date:
Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Series
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

Related Subjects

Meet the Author

H. Lynn Erickson, Ed.D., is an independent consultant assisting schools and districts with concept-based curriculum design and instruction. During the past 20 years Lynn has worked extensively with K-12 teachers and administrators on the design of classroom and district level curricula aligned to academic standards and national requirements. She was a consultant to the International Baccalaureate Organization for the development of the Middle Years Programme—the Next Chapter.

Lynn is the author of three best-selling books, Stirring the Head, Heart and Soul: Redefining Curriculum and Instruction, 3rd edition ©2008; Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching Beyond the Facts, ©2002; and Transitioning to Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction: How to Bring Content and Process Together, co-authored with Dr. Lois Lanning, © 2014, Corwin Press Publishers. This publication, co-authored with Lois Lanning and Rachel French is the 2nd edition of Lynn’s popular book, Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom: Teaching Beyond the Facts. She also has a chapter in Robert Marzano’s book, On Excellence in Teaching, ©2010, Solution Tree Press.

Lynn is an internationally recognized presenter/consultant in the areas of concept-based curriculum design, and teaching for deep understanding. She has worked as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, adjunct professor, and educational consultant over a long career. In addition to her work in the United States, Lynn has presented and trained educators across the world in different regions and countries including Asia, Australia, South America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, China, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Cyprus.

Lynn currently lives in Everett, Washington with her family. She and Ken have two children, and two grandsons, Trevor and Connor, who continually stir her heart and soul.

Lois A. Lanning, Ph.D., is an author and independent education consultant. She presents and works with districts at the international, national and state levels in the areas of literacy and Concept-Based Curriculum design.

Her most recent publication is Concept-Based Curriculum & Instruction for the Thinking Classroom 2nd edition, (2017), co-authored with H. Lynn Erickson and Rachel French. In addition to writing professional articles and teacher resources, Lois is also the author of the bestselling book, Four Powerful Strategies for Struggling Readers Grades 3-8: Small Group Instruction that Improves Comprehension, a joint publication between Corwin Press and the International Reading Association, c. 2009, Designing a Concept-based Curriculum for English Language Arts: Meeting the Common Core with Intellectual Integrity, K-12. Corwin Press, c. 2013, a chapter in The Best of Corwin: Differentiated Instruction in Literacy, Math, and Science, Leslie Laud, Editor, c. 2011, Corwin Press, and co-author, with longtime colleague and friend, H.L. Erickson, Transitioning to Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction, Corwin Press, c. 2014.

Lois was a classroom teacher, K-12 reading consultant, special education teacher, elementary school principal, district curriculum director, adjunct professor, and finally, an assistant superintendent of schools for the last 12 years of her career in public schools.

Lois is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. Her hobbies include reading, biking, hiking, and traveling. Lois currently lives in West Hartford, Connecticut with her husband. She has two children, and two grandsons, Christopher and Ryan, whom she absolutely adores.

Rachel French, MA Ed. is an experienced international educator, having worked in schools in South America, Africa, Europe and Oceania. She is a certified Independent Consultant, Presenter and Trainer with Lynn Erickson and Lois Lanning. She is the Director of Professional Learning International (PLI) founded to support international schools to access leading professional development. Through PLI Rachel French is now the sole provider of the annual ‘Dr. H Lynn Erickson and Dr. Lois A. Lanning Certification Institute for Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction Trainers and Presenters.’ She has presented numerous workshops in Europe and Asia including workshops with Dr. Erickson. She has presented on Concept-based Learning at the AEM International Baccalaureate Conferences and the AGIS conference (Association of German International Schools). Rachel works as a consultant supporting schools to plan and implement Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction. She also coaches and provides feedback to teams of teachers on curriculum development.

Rachel is currently employed as PYP Coordinator at Frankfurt International School, and is an IB trained PYP workshop leader. She is experienced in aligning Concept-Based Curriculum material and the IB programmes.

Rachel and her husband have two young children whom they cherish and continue to learn from each and everyday.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews