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Universal Concepts vs. Big Ideas

Differentiating universal concepts and big ideas.

Lauren Wack

on 11 November 2012

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Transcript of Universal Concepts vs. Big Ideas

Universal Concepts and Big Ideas Interconnected, but Different Let's Take a Look Together Universal Concepts Confused? So were we.... Big Ideas Big Ideas are the magnets that hold content together.

They TRANSFER while CONTENT does not.

Big Ideas contain the powerful generalization about the main concept. Universal concepts transcend time and space, and can be applied to endless variety of settings (Ellis) Universal Concepts are also used to increase the complexity of
content within an area of study. When used within a specific
discipline, the use of a theme will allow students to
examine the interrelationships between and among facts, details, rules and concepts. When used across disciplines, a theme will allow students to study the inter-relatedness between areas of study. Can You Think of Two other big ideas from two different academic disciplines that fall under the same Universal Concept of Patterns?? Still Confused?
It's ok, so are we....

What further questions do we have? What more do we want to know?
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