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There are multiple teaching techniques that an educator can implement during instruction to foster the development of understanding within their students. However, in order to do so, it is imperative that the educator differentiate between "knowing" and "understanding." Essentially, knowing can be illustrated as the ability to restate information, while understanding can be illustrated through one's ability to analyze and interpret information. Though this task is not as clear cut as others, defining the term "understanding" and exploring the cognitive processes it requires can have a dramatic effect on how one structures instruction.
  
  

Revision as of 22:00, 18 November 2010

Introduction

There are multiple teaching techniques that an educator can implement during instruction to foster the development of understanding within their students. However, in order to do so, it is imperative that the educator differentiate between "knowing" and "understanding." Essentially, knowing can be illustrated as the ability to restate information, while understanding can be illustrated through one's ability to analyze and interpret information. Though this task is not as clear cut as others, defining the term "understanding" and exploring the cognitive processes it requires can have a dramatic effect on how one structures instruction.


Readings

Below are the two readings required for this unit.

1) David Perkins and Tina Blythe "Putting Understanding Up Front"

Media:Putting_Understanding_Up_Front.pdf

2) Janis Bulgren and David Scanlon "Instructional Routines and Learning Strategies That Promote Understanding of Content Area Concepts"