Target 3: Concept-based Curriculum
The deepest understanding you can have of something is the conceptual understanding. 'Understanding' is added depth to a student's knowing and doing. To 'understand' means you are able to use your skills and knowledge in new and unrelated real-world contexts.
It may be easier to understand concept-based learning when you contrast it to topic-based learning. The difference is learning about World War II (topic) vs the concept of conflict; studying Shakespeare's Hamlet vs exploring relationships and decision-making. Knowing how to solve a math equation address the skills and knowledge. Understanding how that equation can be used in real situations and to solve new problems demonstrates conceptual understanding.
Students can understand skills and knowledge better if they can apply them to real-world situations; they can impact real-world situations with a conceptual understanding of their skills and knowledge.
So let's take a look at what it means for our stakeholders: