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Methods, Philosophy & Frameworks

    Advances in educational research has given us a rich collection of frameworks, philosophies and methods that help us understand cognition, learning, and human development. When studied and applied in the classroom they can enrich and scaffold learning. This area cannot cover the breadth of resources available but a subset that users of SimSchool have found most helpful - Bloom's Taxonomy, Marzano's research on Classroom instruction, National Research Council's How People Learn and others.

  • A Knowledge Base for the Teaching Profession: What would it look like and how can we get one?
    To improve classroom teaching in a steady, lasting way, the teaching profession needs a knowledge base that grows and improves. In spite of the continuing efforts of researchers, archived research knowledge has had little effect on the improvement of practice in the average classroom.
  • Curriculum Development - North Carolina guides and model
    This Web page reviews the curriculum building process, provides files which contain models for the design of lesson plans and unit plans and also provides links to indexes of actual lesson and unit plans.
  • Decisions & Dilemmas of Electronic Portfolios
    This powerpoint goes deep into questions about setting up an electronic portfolio system, be David Gibson.
  • Network-based Assessment
    This powerpoint outlines a vision and framework elements for assessment facilitated by technology.
  • New Directions in e-Learning: Personalization, Simulation and Program Assessment
    This paper discusses three areas of recent innovative work: personalization and e-portfolios, simulation-based assessments, and research-based criteria for e-learning. A new web-based personal application illustrates the strengths of both generic tools and customized systems in e-portfolios.
  • Teaching for Understanding - Website at Harvard University
    The Teaching for Understanding Framework includes four key ideas--based on the four questions: generative topics, understanding goals, performances of understanding, and ongoing assessment. This website provides information, examples and the steps for developing a unit of study using the TFU model.
  • The Learning Curve
    "The Learning Curve" (a site created by K12 students!) explores one of mankind's fundamental processes: learning. No matter what age, race, gender, or nationality, everyone learns.
  • The Personal Learning Planner: Collaboration through Online Learning and Publication
    This paper discusses the online Personal Learning Planner (PLP) project underway at the National Institute of Community Innovations (NICI), one of the partners in the Teacher Education Network (TEN), a 2000 PT3 Catalyst grantee. The Web-based PLP provides a standards-linked portfolio space for both works in progress and demonstration collections of completed work, combined with structures to support mentorship and advising centered around the improvement of work.
  • Theories Frameworks & Models
    Models, like myths and metaphors, help us to make sense of our world. An instructional design model gives structure and meaning to an I.D.

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