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Student Reflecting

“Faculty Focus” Features Janet Hudson’s “Prior Knowledge as an Unexpected Obstacle to Learning”

Janet Hudson, CTE’s Faculty Associate Director for Innovative Teaching, has given presentations about how a student’s prior knowledge can interfere with learning. She provides additional insights and useful information in an article in the July 27, 2016 “Faculty Focus” website.

Prior knowledge is essential for learning because it helps us make sense of new ideas and information. But when that prior knowledge is incomplete, confused or flawed, it can create barriers to learning. Read more