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April 25, 2023

Chapter 2 examines why acknowledging and building on students’ prior knowledge matters and offers strategies for acknowledging “the prior” in and beyond the classroom.

Discussion Questions

  • How do you help students inventory their prior knowledge and consider how to adapt it to complete tasks successfully in your context? 
  • Thinking about the student population at your college or university, what prior knowledge and experiences—in addition to their coursework—might students bring to your context (e.g., work experience, community engagement experience, etc.)? 
  • What strategies from the chapter could you employ to make students’ prior knowledge and experiences visible—to the student, to you, and to others in your context?