Understanding by Design … is uniquely suited as a learning process to interest and involve “Innovators” and “Early Adopters.”

This entry is part 29 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

Change must begin with “Innovators” and move through each diffusion framework category in order. Understanding by Design, a book by authors Grant P. Wiggins and Jay McTighe, is uniquely suited as a learning process to interest and involve “Innovators” and “Early Adopters.”[1] The Training Manual is specifically designed to intrigue and challenge these creative individuals who are the target audience for this project. Jesus was a teacher; the Great Commission commands followers of Jesus to be teachers as well. Chapter 3 addresses the basics of a diffusion of innovations strategy, Understanding by Design as a pedagogical model and the design, implementation and assessment strategy for the project.






[1] The quote is a selection from David O. Kueker’s Fuller Seminary Doctor of Ministry project submitted in September, 2007, entitled Diagnosis, Dialogue, and Decision: A Threefold Process of Revitalization For the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.
It is shared here in recognition of its 12th Anniversary along with comments to update and provide perspective on the material. The original project was a Training Manual/Study Guide of three Seminars supported by three chapters of research and an Introduction. The material is available for download at www.disciplewalk.com/Resources.html. In 2009 it was provided for purchase as a softcover book entitled Designing Discipleship Systems: Christian Disciple Making For Any Size Church, Any Theology through CreateSpace.com.

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[1]Grant P. Wiggins and Jay McTighe, Understanding by Design (Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, 1998).

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