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Grouping artwork into curricular priorities or units, content knowledge can be organized in a creative way to support larger ideas. Using an enduring idea helps anchor the unit and establish a rationale of teaching and learning. The term "enduring idea" refers to the big ideas that have meaning in the lives of students.
They are ideas that are centered on human experience and span the test of time. The enduring idea is the intellectual linchpin that holds together essential understanding, focusing on making knowledge more easily transferred with lasting value, instead of fragments of knowledge.
Student learning begins to go beyond acquisition of facts and skills to focus on larger concepts in greater depth. Those notions then become transferrable to new situations and disciplines. They provide an enlarged purpose for learning the content and answering the question, "Why is this topic worth studying?"