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  1. Dimensions of Learning
  2. Teaching with Dimensions of Learning--

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  3. Dimensions of Learning

    Dimensions of Learning is an instructional framework that incorporates the best of research and theories of learning. This model is based on the premise that successful learning is based on five dimensions of thinking:

    • Attitudes and Perceptions about Learning
    • Acquisition and Integration of Knowledge
    • Extension and Refinement of Knowledge
    • Meaningful Use of Knowledge
    • Productive Habits of the Mind

      Looking at how students learn can help teachers plan curriculum and instruction.

      DIMENSION 1: ATTITUDES AND PERCEPTIONS

      The classroom environment must be conducive to learning.

      Students need to:

    • feel accepted by the teacher and their peers.
    • perceive the classroom as a comfortable and orderly place.

      DIMENSION 2-A: ACQUIRE AND INTEGRATE DECLARATIVE KNOWLEDGE

    • Declarative Knowledge: Facts, concepts, and principles.

      DIMENSION 2-B: ACQUIRE AND INTEGRATE PROCEDURAL KNOWLEDGE

    • Procedural Knowledge: Skills and processes.

      DIMENSION 3: EXTENDING AND REFINING KNOWLEDGE

      Thinking skills and processes:

    • Comparing
    • Classifying
    • Inducing
    • Deducing
    • Analyzing errors
    • Constructing support
    • Abstracting
    • Analyzing perspectives

      DIMENSION 4: MEANINGFUL USE OF KNOWLEDGE

    • Meaningful-use tasks:
    • Decision making
    • Investigation
    • Experimental inquiry
    • Problem solving
    • Invention

      DIMENSION 5: HABITS OF MIND

    • Develop productive habits of mind.
    • Self-regulated thinking:
    • Become aware of one's own thinking
    • Plan
    • Utilize resources
    • Be sensitive to feedback
    • Evaluate own actions

      Critical Thinking:

    • Be accurate and seek accuracy
    • Be clear and seek clarity
    • Be open- minded
    • Restrain impulsivity
    • Take a position and defend it when warranted
    • Be sensitive to others

      Creative Thinking:

    • Engage intently in tasks even when answers/solutions are not immediately apparent
    • Push the limits of one's knowledge and abilities
    • Generate, trust, and maintain one's own standards
    • Generate new ways of viewing things


      1. DIMENSIONS of LEARNING Home Page
      2. Dimensions of Learning Trainer's Manual
      3. DIMENSIONS OF THINKING: A Framework for Curriculum and Instruction
      4. Observing Dimensions of Learning in Classrooms and Schools
      5. A Different Kind of Classroom: Teaching with Dimensions of Learning



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