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Powerful Learning What We Know about Teaching for Understanding

ISBN-10: 0470276673
ISBN-13: 9780470276679
Edition: 2008
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Description: What type of teaching produces powerful learning? This book summarizes what is known about effective teaching and learning in three major areas: reading / literacy, mathematics, and science. It includes an examination of project-based learning,  More...

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

What type of teaching produces powerful learning? This book summarizes what is known about effective teaching and learning in three major areas: reading / literacy, mathematics, and science. It includes an examination of project-based learning, performance-based assessment, and cooperative learning to see how they measure up against the demands of today's classrooms. Recent reports and analyses show that meaningful learning is largely missing from many of the nation's classrooms. Students who are taught in meaningful ways are able to think critically, engage in flexible problem solving, and apply learned skills and knowledge to new situations. Linda Darling-Hammond and a team of content area experts carefully examine this dilemma and present classroom vignettes which represent the best of what we know. Focusing on K-12 language arts, math, and science, the authors answer such important questions as how to support productive inquiry-based learning, how to connect reading and writing for maximum comprehension, how to ensure sense-making in math, and how to link science concepts to the world outside the laboratory/classroom. In addition to classroom practice, the authors look at school redesign programs--where the ultimate goal is a coherent system, from one classroom to the next and from grade to grade. Table of Contents Introduction: Teaching and Learning for Understanding Chapter 1: Teaching for Meaningful Learning Chapter 2: Teaching Reading for Understanding Chapter 3: Teaching Mathematics for Understanding Chapter 4: Teaching Science for Understanding Conclusion: Creating Schools that Develop Understanding

Linda Darling-Hammond is Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University where she has launched the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute and the School Redesign Network. She has also served as faculty sponsor for the Stanford Teacher Education Program. She is a former president of the American Educational Research Association and member of the National Academy of Education. Her research, teaching, and policy work focus on issues of school restructuring, teacher quality and educational equity. From 1994-2001, she served as executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, a blue-ribbon panel whose 1996 report, What Matters Most: Teaching for America's Future, led to sweeping policy changes affecting teaching and teacher education. In 2006, this report was named one of the most influential affecting U.S. education and Darling-Hammond was named one of the nation's ten most influential people affecting educational policy over the last decade. Among Darling-Hammond's more than 300 publications are Preparing Teachers for a Changing World: What Teachers Should Learn and be Able to Do (with John Bransford, for the National Academy of Education, winner of the Pomeroy Award from AACTE), Teaching as the Learning Profession: A Handbook of Policy and Practice (Jossey-Bass: 1999) (co-edited with Gary Sykes), which received the National Staff Development Council's Outstanding Book Award for 2000; and The Right to Learn: A Blueprint for Schools that Work, recipient of the American Educational Research Association's Outstanding Book Award for 1998.

Alan Schoenfeld is the Elizabeth and Edward Conner Professor of Education and Affiliated Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley.

Table of Contents
Teaching for Meaningful Learning
Teaching Reading for Understanding
Teaching Mathematics for Understanding
Teaching Science for Understanding
Creating Great Schools that Develop Understanding

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