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UW’s Newmann, King co-author new book on ‘Authentic Intellectual Work’

December 29, 2015

UW-Madison’s Fred Newmann and Bruce King are co-authors of a new book titled, “Authentic Intellectual Work: Improving Teaching for Rigorous Learning.”

Authentic Intellectual Work book coverAccording to a web page promoting the book: “In spite of numerous reforms to improve rigor and relevance in the classroom, our schools have been slow to change. This work provides: a research-validated, field-tested framework that can be applied across grades and disciplines; a powerful professional learning component that emphasizes teacher collaboration; and detailed examples of lessons, assignments, assessment tasks, and student work."

Newmann is an emeritus professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, while King is a faculty associate with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

The book was also co-authored by Dana Carmichael of the Center for Authentic Intellectual Work.

Backed by over 20 years of research, the Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW) framework helps school-based teams improve the quality of instruction, assessment and curriculum for higher and more equitable student learning. King has also been a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), where he contributed to two studies focused on Authentic Intellectual Work.