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ERIC Number: ED523236
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug-11
Pages: 192
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-415-59919-1
Teaching for Understanding: What It Is and How to Do It. 2nd Edition
Newton, Douglas P.
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
At a time when league tables can be everything, examination grades matter. Perhaps more than many would admit, the cost is a lack of understanding. The new edition of this book provides practical advice about how to support understanding in both children and adults. It is for all teachers and lecturers, experienced or otherwise, who want learners to do more than simply memorize and regurgitate information. It describes what understanding means in the different subjects and offers a framework for supporting understanding. Revised and updated to reflect evolving ideas about education and the latest challenges facing teachers and learners, this new edition includes a section on the role of e-learning, as well as additional classroom contexts and extra strategies for supporting understanding. Topics explored include: (1) What is understanding and why is it so valuable?; (2) How understanding happens: the mental processes; (3) The relationship between understanding and creative thought; (4) Reasons for misunderstanding and how to combat them; (5) The impact of learners' motivation and strategies for self-help; and (6) How to evaluate understanding. This edition addresses a real problem at all levels of education, and is essential reading for all teachers and lecturers in schools, colleges and universities. Following the preface the following chapters are included: (1) Quality counts; (2) Understanding: a worthwhile goal; (3) The nature of understanding; (4) Making connections; (5) Mental engagement; (6) Something to think with; (7) Using surrogate teachers; (8) Failing to understand; (9) The total learning environment; (10) Knowing what counts; (11) Motivated to understand; (12) The self-regulation of learning; (13) Evaluating understanding; and (14) Changing minds. (Includes a glossary.)
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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