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Strive for Depth and Complexity

DEPTH
Depth is a deep understanding of the content of the field of study. It is achieved when students
can understand the specialized language of the discipline; learn as many details as possible; understand the
patterns; are aware of trends and rules; understand the ethics involved; know the big ideas, principles, and
generalizations; and look for unanswered questions.

Depth has the following major dimensions that offer strategies for thinking about the content in a topic



attributes, parts, factors, variables


points of view, different opinions, judging


structure, order, hierarchy, explanation


specialized vocabulary, names of skills or tasks, tools used

discrepancies, missing parts, unclear ideas, incomplete ideas

repetition, predictability


Influences, forces, direction
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Christy Croll,
Jun 25, 2016, 9:08 PM
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Christy Croll,
Jun 25, 2016, 9:08 PM
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