Knowing vs. Understanding

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Knowing vs. Understanding

1) Understanding is the result of facts acquiring meaning for the learner. (UbD, p. 37)2) Understanding is about transfer. To be truly able requires the ability to transfer what we have learned to new and sometimes confusing settings. (UbD, p. 40)3) Knowledge and skill are necessary elements of understanding, but not suffient in and of themselves. (UbD, p. 41) 4) Undestanding is thus not mere knowledge of facts but inference about why and how, with specific evidence and logic - insightful connections and illustrations. (UbD, p. 86)

Key Characteristics of Understanding

Knowing vs. Understanding

EDUC 735Session 5

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When you look at this cartoon, what do you see? How do you understand the relationship between knowledge and understanding? Is it certain that the road on which the bus is travelling leads to the castle? What types of experiences are the students having while on the bus? How might those experiences relate to reaching a destination? In Session 4, our focus will be on exploring the distinctions between knowledge and understanding, particularly as distinguished within the UbD framework.

Learning from Misunderstandings

6 Facets of Understanding

"In other words, a big idea is not "big" merely by virtue of its intellectual scope. It has to have pedagogical power: It must enable the learner to make sense of what has come before; and, most notably, be helpful in making new, unfamiliar ideas seem more familiar. Thus, a big idea is not just another fact or a vague abstraction but a conceptual tool for sharpening thinking, connecting discrepant pieces of knowledge, and equipping learners for transferable applications." (UbD, p. 70)

Focusing on Big Ideas

"Thus evidence of misunderstanding is incredibly valuable to teachers, not a mere mistake to be corrected. It signifies an attempted and plausible but unsuccessful transfer. The challenge is to reward the try without reinforcing the mistake or dampening future transfer attempts." (UbD, p. 51)

To demonstrate your understanding of understanding, you will be asked to analyze how the approach to teaching tefillah highlighted in Katz's article relates to the ideas about understanding explored in UbD. For more information, visit the linked Schoology page.

Uncovering Understandings




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