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ERIC Number: ED467519
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Pages: 16
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Teaching for Understanding: The Next 100 Years. An Issue Paper.
Fluellen, Jerry Ellsworth, Jr.
This paper addresses the issue of how Harvard Project Zero's "teaching for understanding" might evolve over the next 100 years. Schools pitched to an Information Society seek ways of increasing the chances that learners will understand domains deeply and master the new basic skills. Such 21st century schools build upon Paulo Freire's assertion that education must empower learners to read the word and the world. Learners so empowered can make the world better. They can create sustainable solutions, solutions engaging complex problems and benefiting future generations. In these schools, clear instructional designs meet this more pregnant set of aims. Harvard University Project Zero research center has been developing the teaching for understanding (TFU) framework for 21st century schools. TFU is not the only new paradigm way of organizing thinking and learning for students from K to Ph.D.--rather it is one clear way, especially when the aim is deep disciplinary understanding. TFU fosters deep disciplinary understanding. The framework has added value when educators use it to empower learners. Along the way to best, worst, and probable scenarios about TFU, the paper looks at ideas about the current practice and the historical context enveloping the framework's evolution as a 21st century tool to educate all children for power and consequence. Lists 21 selections for further reading. (Contains 21 references.)(NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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