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Knowledge, Types of

The types of knowledge is a conceptualization developed by James A. Banks to help theorists, researchers, and practitioners better understand the values and assumptions that undergird knowledge claims and to identify the types of knowledge that students should be taught in the school, college, and university curriculum. Banks maintains that knowledge reflects the values, perspectives, and social context of the individuals and groups that create it. He believes that students should learn all types of knowledge as well as how to construct knowledge themselves and how to identify the assumptions and values that underlie the knowledge they create. Positionality is a central concept in Banks's knowledge construction typology. This concept emerged out of feminist scholarship and describes how important aspects of identity such as gender, ...

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