Knowledge builds on knowledge
Learning new information requires a foundation of prior knowledge. For example, before we can learn to read and write, we need to learn the letters of the alphabet and their associated sounds. Before we can do calculus, or any kind of advanced math (by hand), we need to know the basics of math. Knowledge builds on knowledge – this is why it is easier to pick up new information when it is related to things we already know, and it is the basis of scaffolding as a teaching practice.
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