Chapter 3: Knowledge Building and the Learning Commons

Knowledge Building


Resources from the book: The New School Learning Commons

Foundational Ideas

•    Sawyer, R. Keith, ed.  The Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences. Cambridge University Press, 2005.

•    Popham, James W. TransFormative Assessment. ASCD, 2008.

Foundational Documents

•    “Standards for the 21st-Century Learner,”  AASL. At:

•    “The Intellectual and Policy Foundations of the 21st Century Skills Framework,” Partnership for 21st Century Learning. At:

•    International Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Literacy Panel. "Digital Transformation: A Framework for ICT Literacy." Princeton, NJ: Educational Testing Services, 2007. At:

•    Anderson, Lorin W., David R. Krathwohl, and Benjamin Samuel Bloom. A Taxonomy for Learning, Teaching, and Assessing: A Revision of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. Longman, 2000.  A revision of the popular taxonomy.

•    Marzano, Robert J. and John S. Kendall. Designing & Assessing educational objectives: Applying the New Taxonomy. Corwin Press, 2008. An elaboration and restructuring of Blooms Taxonomy from a different perspective.

Professional Organizations

•    Association for Curriculum Supervision and Development (ASCD)

•    American Association of School Librarians

•    International Society for Technology in Education


•    Canadian Association of School Librarians

•    Galileo Professional Network

•    International Association of Learning Sciences

Professional Resources

•    Blos, Susie and Jane Krauss. Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age. ISTE, 2007.

•    Callison, Daniel and Leslie Preddy. The Blue Book on Information, Age Inquiry, Instruction and Literacy. Libraries Unlimited, 2006.

•    Danielson, Charlotte. Enhancing Professional Practice: a Framework for Teachers. 2nd ed. ASCD, 2007.

•    DuFour, Rebecca, Richard DuFour and Robert Eaker. Professional Learning Communities at Work Plan Book. Solution Tree, 2006.

•    DuFour, Richard, Rebecca DuFour, and Robert Eaker. Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work. Solution Tree, 2006.

•    DuFour, Richard, Rebecca DuFour and Robert Eaker. Revisiting Professional Learning Communities at Work: New Insights for Improving Schools. Solution Tree, 2008

•    Habits of Mind

•    Jensen, Eric. Brain-Based Learning: The New Paradigm of Teaching. 2nd ed. Corwin Press, 2008.

•    Koechlin, Carol and Sandi Zwaan.  Build Your Own Information Literate School.  Hi Willow Research and Publishing, 2003. 

•    Koechlin, Carol and Sandi Zwaan.  Info Tasks for Successful Learning.  Pembroke Pub. Ltd, 2001.

•    Koechlin, Carol and Sandi Zwaan.  Q Tasks: How to Empower Students to Ask Questions and Care About Answers. Pembroke Publishers Ltd, 2006.

•    Kuhlthau, Carol C., Leslie K. Maniotes and Ann K. Caspari. Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century. Libraries Unlimited, 2007.

•    Loertscher, David V., Carol Koechlin, and Sandi Zwaan.  Ban Those Bird Units: Thinking and Understanding in Information-rich and Technology-rich Environments.  Hi Willow Research and Publishing, 2005.

•    Loertscher, David, Carol Koechlin, and Sandi Zwaan.  Beyond Bird Units: 18

Models for Teaching and Learning in Information-rich and Technology-rich Environments. Hi Willow Research and Publishing, 2007.

•    Small, Gary and Gigi Vorgan. iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind. Collins Living, 2008.

•    Tomlinson, Carol Ann, Kay Brimijoin, and Lane Narvaez. The Differentiated School: Making Revolutionary Changes in Teaching and Learning. ASCD, 2008.

•    Marzano, Robert J. The Art and Science of teaching: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Teaching. ASCD, 2007.

•    Wiggins, Grant and Jay McTighe. Understanding by Design. Expanded 2nd ed. Prentice Hall, 2005.

•    Zmuda, Allison and Violet H. Harada. Librarians as Learning Specialists: Meeting the Learning Imperative for the 21st Century. Libraries Unlimited, 2008.




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