A group of education organizations–the Association for Career and Technical Education, the Consortium for School Networking, the National Council for the Social Studies, the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Science Teachers Association–representing 250,000 content-area teachers, administrators, educational technology specialists and other educators, have come together to outline six Principles for Learning.
These Principles recognize that learning in all disciplines is complex and individualized. Educators must know the core concepts of their discipline if they are to help students grasp new ideas, solve problems, collaborate, and use their imaginations to pursue challenging questions. Therefore understanding core knowledge in a discipline—how to apply these concepts within and outside of a discipline, and how to teach these concepts effectively—is integral to the Principles outlined here.
- Being literate is at the heart of learning in every subject area.
- Learning is a social act.
- Learning about learning establishes a habit of inquiry important in life-long learning.
- Assessing progress is part of learning.
- Learning includes turning information into knowledge using multiple media.
- Learning occurs in a global context.
Learn more and explore each Principle in depth.