The Teaching Decision-Making Routine

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Teachers use the Decision-Making Routine to engage students in reasoning about an issue, options or responses, required knowledge, reasons to support each option, and to evaluate, judge, and rank options, propose alternatives, and make and explain their decision.

Students whose teachers used the Decision-Making Routine had significantly higher overall post-test scores than pretest scores --almost twice as large as scores in the comparison group. Data also suggested that students in 7th and 8th grade science and social studies experimental classes could transfer use of the strategy to a different content area in which the teacher had not used the routine in that classroom.

Author(s): Janis A. Bulgren

Publication Info: University of Kansas

The Decision Making Routine guidebook is available in the KUCRL online store. Professional development is recommended, see the SIM Event page for sessions.


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