CONCEPT-BASEDCURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION H. Lynn Erikson
Lynn Erikson • Independent consultant assisting schools and districts with curriculum design. • Elementary principal. • Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction, and Advanced School Administration . • Curriculum coordinator. • Reading specialist. • Teacher for 1st, 2nd 4th, and 5th grades. • Elementary Education, 1968.Author of:• «Stiring the head, Heart and soul. Redefining Curriculum and instruction».• Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom.• Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching Beyond the Facts • And several presentations
Goal Integrating thinking- seeing the patterns and connections of knowledge at a conceptual and transferable level of understanding”.So… Greater retention of information. Deeper levels of understanding. Increased motivation.
Knowing vs understanding KNOW = Factual Knowledge which is locked in time, place or situation. UNDERSTAND = Conceptual Understanding which transfers through time, across cultures, and across situations.
Concepts A concept is an organizing idea; a mental construct... Timeless Universal Abstract (to different degrees) Represented by 1 or 2 words Share common attributes
Examples of Subject Area Concepts Science Social Literature Mathematics Music Visual arts studiesOrder Change/ Motivation Number Rhythm Line continuityOrganism Culture Perceptions Proportion Melody ColorPopulation Civilization Change Probability Tone TextureChange Migration/ Conflict/ Pattern Pattern Form immigration cooperation
Concept-based units Focus: conceptual ideas. Integration of concepts Integrated thinking within and across disciplines. Understanding bigger conceptual ideas. Critical content: disciplinary concepts and conceptual ideas. Teacher training.
Conceptual lens Focus concept. Integration of thinking. Higher cognitive level. Challenge students to see beyond the facts. Systems approach. Idea-centered curriculum.
«Assigning a verb to a topicdoes not ensure that teacherswill lead students beyond thefacts to the essential conceptualunderstandings».
References:Erikson, L. (2002). Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching Beyond the Facts.Corwin Press.Erikson, L. (2007). Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom.Corwin Press. San Francisco, CA.Erikson, L. (2007). Concept-based Curriculum & Instruction For the Thinking Classroom.Presentation: Summer Institute on Academic Diversity. University of Virginia, Curry School ofEducation. July 12.Erikson, L. (2008). Stiring the head, Heart and soul. Redefining Curriculum and instruction.Corwin Press.Fayad, C. CONCEPT-BASED UNIT DESIGN According to Dr. Lynn Erickson. From:http://www.slideserve.com/andrew/concept-based-unit-design-according-to-dr-lynn-ericksonImages:http://carrotsareorange.com/7-tips-motivate-children-summer/http://www.lynnerickson.net/http://www.corwin.com/authors/503028http://www.clker.com/clipart-magnify-lens.htmlhttp://images.businessweek.com/ss/07/11/1115_in_short/source/3.htm