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Understanding as concrete mental simulation

Understanding as concrete mental simulation

Understanding can also be the ability to visualise or simulate what's happening in a concrete problem. 

These kinds of simulations played a vital role in the achievements of Albert Einstein and Richard Feynman.


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What it means to understand

We all know the difference between memorising something we don't understand and the satisfaction of genuinely understanding something.

To understand what it means to understand something is less clear. There are a few possibilities of what understanding mig...


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Understanding as identifying broad, abstract principles

Understanding as identifying broad, abstract principles

We may view understanding as noticing deeper principles - the broad patterns that underlie an issue. Understanding is then a mental process rather than an outward result.

Research shows that novices view physics problems in terms of superficial deta...


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Practical consequences of ways of understanding

There is no singular process behind understanding.

  • Increased and varied exposure to an idea or skill should help to develop most forms of understanding.
  • The flexible action and explanatory ability show some overlap, but there are cases where you could foster on...


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Understanding as connected information

Understanding as connected information

To understand something means having many connections between it and its related ideas.

We develop understanding by drawing relationships between what we already understand and what we are trying to understand. Analogies, metaphors, visualisations and assoc...


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Understanding as flexible action

Understanding as flexible action

To understand something means to be able to apply it and various ways. Understanding chess means being able to play well from a variety of different positions. Understanding algebra means solving a wide range of algebra problems.

Experts seem to rely on having man...


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Understanding as explanatory ability

Understanding as explanatory ability

There are many situations where we can behave flexibly but can't claim to have a deep understanding—for example, teaching someone how to tread water.

Alternatively, we may think that explanation, and not action, is the key principle. For example, the Feynma...


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