Annotated Bibliography of Resources for Educational Reform, Coherent Teaching Practice, and Improved Student Learning

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  • Marzano, R. J. (1992). A different kind of learning: Teaching with dimensions of learning. Alexandria, VA: Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.

This book presents a practical model that teachers can use to improve the quality of teaching and learning in their classroom. The model, Dimensions of Learning, is based on educational research into how children learn, emphasizing that learning is a process of constructing meaning. The five dimensions are loose metaphors for how the mind works during learning. Given a learner has attitudes and perceptions conducive to learning and is using effective habits of mind, the learner's first job is to acquire and integrate new knowledge. Over time, the learner develops new knowledge through activities that extend and refine current knowledge. The ultimate purpose is to use this knowledge in meaningful ways. Teachers plan for instruction, design curriculum, and assess student performance using instructional strategies within each dimension.

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