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Strategies to Develop Students' Prior Knowledge Before Lecture (Science of Learning Series)

Prior knowledge (PK) consists of students' factual information, skills, and beliefs about a subject and is critical for learning more about the subject. Students exhibit four distinct prior knowledge problems that impede learning from lecture (Ambrose et. al, 2010):

  1. Insufficient PK. They know little about the new topic at hand.
  2. Inappropriate PK. They draw upon irrelevant PK in learning the topic.
  3. Inaccurate PK.  They have misconceptions or erroneous preconceptions about the topic.
  4. Inert PK. They have relevant prior knowledge but do not use it to learn the topic

In this session, you will explore strategies to develop students' prior knowledge relevant to your lectures.
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When: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7
Where: 153 Murphy Library
To request disability accommodations (accessible seating, interpreting, closed captioning, FM systems, etc.), contact Bill Cerbin at wcerbin@uwlax.edu or 608.785.6881.
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