Decoding the Disciplines is a process for increasing student learning by narrowing the gap between expert and novice thinking. Beginning with the identification of bottlenecks to learning in particular disciplines, it seeks to make explicit the tacit knowledge of experts and to help students master the mental actions they need for success in particular courses.

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Decoding the Disciplines Wheel

  1. Define a bottleneck
  2. Uncover the mental task
  3. Model tasks
  4. Give practice and feedback
  5. Motivate and lessen resistance
  6. Assess student mastery
  7. Share