Curriculum is presented whole to part with emphasis on big concepts.
Pursuit of student questions is highly valued.
Curricular activities rely heavily on primary sources of data and manipulative materials.
Students are viewed as thinkers with emerging theories about the world.
Teachers generally behave in an interactive manner, mediating the environment for students.
Teachers seek the students' points of view in order to understand students' present conceptions for use in subsequent lessons.
Assessment of student learning is interwoven with teaching and occurs through teacher observations of students at work and through student exhibitions and portfolios.
Students primarily work in groups.