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.  It is being used in a dozen countries as both a practical strategy for helping students with difficult material and as a basis for research in the scholarship of teaching and learning.  Please join us in the effort to explore the potential of this approach.  If you would like to be part of the Decoding community, click here to join the Decoding list serve.

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Steps in the Decoding Process

General Comments on the Seven Steps

  1. Identify a bottleneck to learning
  2. Uncover the mental tasks needed to overcome the bottleneck
  3. Model these tasks
  4. Give students practice and feedback
  5. Motivate and lessen resistance
  6. Assess student mastery
  7. Share what has been learned through the Decoding process

We view this website as a shared work-in-progress of the entire Decoding community, intended to make more available the work that is being done within this framework throughout the world.  We look forward to your contributions and suggestions.