Brief Report: Teachers' Awareness of the Relationship Between Prior Knowledge and New Learning

In this study, I examined the degree to which experienced teachers were aware of the relationship between prior knowledge and new learning. Interviews with teachers revealed that they were explicitly aware of when students made connections between prior knowledge and new learning, when they applied their prior knowledge to new contexts, and when they developed their prior knowledge as a result of applying that knowledge to new contexts. However, teachers were not explicitly aware of backwardtransfer effects. Results from this study have implications for future research on backward transfer, as well as for teacher professional development.

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Charles Hohensee, School of Education, University of Delaware, 103F Willard Hall Education Building, Newark, DE 19716; hohensee@udel.edu

(Corresponding author is Hohensee hohensee@udel.edu)
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education

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