This resource covers a wide range of topics, including:
- Concept-based instruction
- Aligning local curriculum with state and national content standards
- Brain-based teaching methods
- Higher-ordering thinking skills
- Assessing and reporting student progress
- Creating a life-long love of learning.
The 2nd edition of Stirring the Head, Heart and Soul : Redefining Curriculum and Instruction (© 2001) was a complete re-write of the first edition, which was published in 1995. The 3rd edition required less revision because the message is even more current today as educators nationally and internationally become increasingly aware of the need to address the conceptual, as well as the factual levels of knowledge and understanding in curriculum and instruction. The 3rd edition reinforces, clarifies and extends the message that the expanding knowledge base requires conceptual structures to help students relate new knowledge to prior knowledge, transfer knowledge at the conceptual level, and develop synergistic thinking abilities as they use factual knowledge to develop deeper conceptual understanding.
The 3rd edition makes a slight revision to the sub-title-- Redefining Curriculum, Instruction, and Concept-based Learning—to emphasize the concept-based focus of the book. Each chapter was evaluated for clarity and focus of the message which led to some changes and revisions in wording, the inclusion of new tables and figures, and updating of many references. Twenty-eight additional and current references were included in the 3rd edition. Fifteen pages of additional text material discussed key trends that support concept-based instruction : Cooperative Learning, Differentiation, and Essential and Guiding Questions.