Curriculum coherence and learning progressions

David Fortus, Joseph Krajcik

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Curriculum materials that support learners in building and linking ideas are essential in developing integrated understanding. We refer to such materials as coherent. There are several types of curricular coherence – content standard, learning goal, intra-unit, and interunit coherence. Learning progressions, which are descriptions of successively more sophisticated ways of thinking about how learners develop understanding of key disciplinary concepts and practices within and across multiple grades, can help designers build coherent curriculum. Learning progressions can align standards, curriculum, and assessments across grades and grade bands. This chapter describes the different types of coherence and discusses the role that learning progressions play in the design and development of coherent curriculum materials, and why coherent materials are critical in supporting students in building integrated understanding.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecond International Handbook of Science Education
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781402090417
ISBN (Print)9781402090400
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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