Depth of Knowledge, sometimes referred to as DoK, is a tool that categorizes tasks according to the complexity of thinking required to successfully complete them.
Designed by Norman Webb, the 4 depths of knowledge allow educators to analyze learning tasks in an attempt to create rich environments where all students learn at a high level.
The 4 DoK Levels are:
- Level 1: Recall and Reproduction
- Level 2: Skills and Concepts
- Level 3: Strategic Thinking
- Level 4: Extended Thinking
A few notes on Depth of Knowledge:
- DoK levels are not sequential. You do not need to master one level before moving to the next.
- DoK levels are not developmental. Students of any age are able to complete tasks at all levels.
- Simply requiring more work to be completed is not equivalent to developing higher level tasks.
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