Learning facts can be a crucial backdrop to learning for understanding, but learning facts is not learning for understanding.
Teaching for knowledge or teaching for understanding? This is a hot topic for some educators who use social media. It can become a rather abstract and artificial debate at times but it’s important to think about how ideas of ‘knowledge’ and ‘understanding’ influence curriculum design and day-to-day practice in teaching, learning and assessment.
Is the curriculum relevant to the students?
Can students use the knowledge being taught?
Do students understand the knowledge being learnt?
‘If you can’t actually take an idea outside the classroom and use it, you don’t really get it. But once you use it on your own, its yours forever.’
Robert H Frank, economist
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