ED 200 Week Five Part 2 (Fall 2020)

Hi Everyone,

We have looked at intelligence, and we have looked at the brain. It is now time to look into something referred to as background knowledge. What is background knowledge, and why is it so important?

Today we will read something that will speak to background knowledge.

Please read pages 19 – 28 in the following chapter and then answer the accompanying questions.


When we think about people who are educated, we agree that they do know things. In fact, according to Barrow, the educated person has a depth and breadth of understanding. So educated people do seem to have a depth and breadth of knowledge. And to have knowledge it would seem that we would need to have quite a number of facts (or factual knowledge). You have probably come across some people who seem to think they know a lot but in fact appear to know very little. They lack some kind of knowledge and understanding.

Third Response Question Set

Question 21: Why, according to the author, must we know facts to be able to think?

Question 22: According to the author, do you have to have knowledge to be able to think critically?

Question 23: Why is knowledge essential for reading comprehension?

Question 24: What is meant by chunking?


We will carry on next day and read the rest of the chapter.

Until then 🙂