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Prior Knowledge: How Learning Begins

Prior Knowledge: How Learning Begins

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This chapter will explore the following questions:

  • Why is prior knowledge one of the most important preconditions for learning?
  • What to do if a pupil or student doesn’t have enough prior knowledge?
  • What to do if a pupil or student has mistakes in his or her prior knowledge?

The spam-filter in our head

Let’s begin this chapter with a little experiment, known as the Wason test. This test is in two parts. Good luck!

The first exercise is as follows:

Four cards are placed in front of you on a table. Each card has a letter on one side and a number on the other side. On the sides that you can see are the letters E and D and the numbers ...

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