A Little Knowledge is a Many-Splendored Thing | BenRogers

We’ve been thinking about knowledge and reading a lot recently. Christine Counsell has given the leaders of my trust reading homework. Chapter 2 of Hirsch’s On Cultural Literacy has some penny-dropping lines. My favourite is: Our cognitive life takes place through a small window of attention that is framed by short-term memory. Yes it does.

One of the key points in the chapter is the impact of prior knowledge on that window of attention and on children’s ability to comprehend texts. My colleagues and I have been discussing this for some time. We’ve been dissatisfied with our current…

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