Facilitating the Understanding of DEPTH and COMPLEXITY
Note to the teacher: This chart identifies key questions, thinking skills, and dimensions of DEPTH or COMPLEXITY.
• Key questions can be used in the context of lesson plans to probe understanding and to prompt students during discussions.
• The thinking skills can be used to initiate the type of cognitive operation or thinking that could best prompt each of the
dimensions of DEPTH or COMPLEXITY.
• The resources listed are the most logical references in which to locate the type of information required by each of the dimensions
of DEPTH or COMPLEXITY. Teachers may add to any of thee lists as appropriate.
What terms or words are specific to the
work of the ________________?
What tools does the ___________ use?
• Identify traits
What are its attributes?
What features characterize this?
What specific elements define this?
What distinguishes this from other things?
• Prove with evidence
• Determine relevant
What are the reoccurring events?
What elements, events, ideas, are repeated
• Make analogies
What was the order of events?
• Discriminate between
How can we predict what will come next?
same and different
Source: 10/29/97 by Dr. Sandra Kaplan. Used with permission.