Defining Understanding

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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.


Objectives

By the end of this unit, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between "knowing" and "understanding"
  • Examine instructional strategies that promote understanding


Task

For this unit, you will be required to read two articles that I have provided for you below. The first article provides a differentiation between "knowing" and "understanding." The second article I have provided for you examines instructional strategies and techniques that promote understanding. After you have completed reading these articles you are to write a brief, one (1) page summary of the main ideas presented in the articles. Please be sure to include ideas from BOTH pieces.


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"


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