ELEMENTS of DEPTH & COMPLEXITY


Differentiation, Rigor, Intellectual Demand 

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Eleven pathways for students to become scholars, the elements of depth and complexity provide and demand "depth" and "complexity" in the journey of learning.  Based on the work of Sandra Kaplan, Clinical Professor in Learning and Instruction at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, the dimensions are as follows:

 

tools of the discipline

 

details

  

patterns

 

rules

 

trends

 

ethics

 

big ideas

 

multiple perspectives

 

relate over time

 

across the disciplines

 

unanswered questions



Adapted from Flip Book, Too, Sandra Kaplan and Bette Gould and Content Imperative Cards, Educator to Educator

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