A framework for planning and structuring curriculum, assessment and instruction in the classroom.
Understanding by Design® (UbD) is the work of author and educational practitioner Jay McTighe.
Understanding by Design® (UbD) is an internationally-recognised framework for improving student achievement. It focuses on the importance of the teacher as a designer of student learning. Its key ideas are:
- a focus on teaching and assessing for understanding and learning transfer; and
- designing curriculum backwards from that focus.
Understanding by Design® (UbD) is guided by the joining together of evidence from two streams: theoretical research in cognitive psychology and the results of student achievement studies. The framework offers a three-stage backward design process aligning curriculum goals, essential questions, skills and understandings with assessment and powerful learning experiences and instruction.