A fundamental goal of education is to develop students' understanding of important ideas and concepts. As teachers we want students to achieve more than rote memorization--we want deep and lasting understanding. But what is that, and what can we do as teachers to support deeper understanding? In Learning with Understanding I explore the nature of understanding and how to teach for understanding. Teaching for Understanding presents some strategies about how instructors can better support the development of understanding in their students.
Readers who want to explore teaching for understanding in greater depth may be interested in two excellent books, Understanding by Design and Teaching for Understanding.