Depth and Complexity

Depth and Complexity with Frame of Reference
The Depth and Complexity model provides depth of thinking as a critical thinker, as a problem solver and considerations for all aspects of multiple perspectives with collaborations and understanding.

  • Note Details
    elaborate; identify attributes; note the parts; important factors
  • Identify The Rules
    state the explicit or implicit factors that affect an area of study; the structure; the order; the hierarchy; the elements that set the standards
  • Observing Patterns
    identify reoccurring elements and events; determine the order of events;  predict what comes next
  • Recognizing Trends
    note factors that cause events to occur (social, political, economic, geographic); identify patterns of change over time
  • Identify Ethical Considerations
    determine elements that reflect bias, prejudice, discrimination; state observations and arguments in terms of ethics
  • Questions for Inquiry
    use questions to identify unclear ideas or missing information; discuss areas yet to be explored or proven; and note conclusions that need further evidence or support
  • What is the Generalization, Principle, Theory or Big Idea
    identify a rule or general statement that summarizes information or draws conclusion based on evidence drawn from a collection of facts or ideas
  • Relationships Over Time
    describe relationships between past, present and future; relationships within a time period; how or why things changed or remained the same
  • Multiple Frames of Reference (Perspectives)
    discuss multiple perspectives related to area of study; explore different viewpoints; reflect on diversity within a society
  • Interdisciplinary Connections
    relate and integrate the area of study to include the methodology of other disciplines