Will This Thinking Be on the Test? How Fundamental and Powerful Concepts Foster Deep Learning


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Teaching for conceptual thinking means that we foreground disciplinary concepts so that our students can see the forest (deep, conceptual understanding) through the trees (facts, information, details). As instructors, when we frame and regularly use the fundamental and powerful concepts in our field or discipline, we help students learn to think in new ways that carry over into other courses and into the world around them. This session will lead you through the process of identifying the fundamental and powerful concepts in your own course(s) so you can better scaffold your students’ deep conceptual learning.


As a result of attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Explore and discuss the concept of “fundamental and powerful concepts” as a lens for deep learning in a discipline or field;
  • Review together the best practices for articulating and using fundamental and powerful concepts in teaching new ideas and concepts; and
  • Practice articulating the fundamental and powerful concept(s) from their course and consider how to use these in a specific course context.

Session Date

Special Location: Ekstrom Library, Room W210
  • 11/23/2015

    Monday, 12-1 p.m.
    Ekstrom Library, Room W210

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Presenter Bio

Patty Payette, Ph.D., is executive director of “Ideas to Action,” the Quality Enhancement Plan at the University of Louisville and senior associate director of the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. Patty has expertise in a variety of teaching and learning topics, including instructional design, critical thinking, and faculty development.

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