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ERIC Number: EJ796365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 2
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Put Understanding First
Wiggins, Grant; McTighe, Jay
Educational Leadership, v65 n8 p36-41 May 2008
Why are so many high school students bored, passive, and apathetic? Why do they typically perform adequately on assessments requiring recall and basic skills, but do poorly on tasks requiring application or careful analysis and explanation? The authors trace these problems to a lack of clarity about the goals of a high school education. The mission of high schools, they write, is not to cover content but rather to help learners become thoughtful about, and productive with, content. Curriculum and instruction need to address three different but interrelated goals: helping students (1) acquire important information and skills, (2) make meaning of that content, and (3) effectively transfer their learning to new situations. The sequence of these goals is important: High schools need to challenge the mistaken notion that students cannot deal with meaning until after they acquire facts and skills. The article provides examples of instructional units that engage students by putting understanding first. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A