Instructional design/Cognitive behaviors/Understanding Concepts

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Source: Understanding Understanding by Charles M. Reigeluth. Used by Permission.


This lesson covers how to design instruction that includes meaningful learning, or understanding. After completing this lesson, you should be able to do the following:

  • Define Understanding
  • Design Meaningful Learning
  • Apply the Principals for Teaching Understanding

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References and Resources for this LessonEdit


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