Concept based Learning The Big ideas

Apr 20, 2018

Concept based Learning The Big ideas


The big ideas of concept based learning evolved to lead students to enhance their understanding, intelligence and critical thinking. By introducing students to universal themes and engaging them in active learning, creates connections to students prior experience and bring relevance to students learning. Concept based instruction, by placing, the learning process in the ‘big picture’ context of a transdisciplinary theme, leads students to think about content and facts “at a much deeper level.” Concept based instruction must begin with content skills and knowledge established by local standards and curriculum guides. To bring purpose to the content, the teacher plans learning activities that actively engage students in meaningful ‘real world’ concepts. These concepts could include skills, local issues, or values that might inspire students to act upon their learning. Relatively equal emphasis should be placed on both content and concepts throughout this process. A Composite project or activity should be designed by the teacher to assess students mastery of the content as well as their ability to connect it to the ‘big picture’ concept. This allows students to put their learning into action. The concept of core teaching is applicable in such mode of leaning. As the unit concepts build up, it leads the students to a central or main concept that ties them all together at the end of the course. Concept based learning develop essential understandings about the factual and conceptual levels. It gives enduring understanding amongst children that enhances the ability to research and explore. The habbits of persisting, listening with understanding, empathy and applying past knowledge to new situations among others is developed in concept based learning.

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