Title 3 – KQ 2 : How do good explanations contribute to knowledge?

KQ 2 : How do good explanations contribute to knowledge?

Good explanations aid Understanding which involves comprehending , developing insight , connecting facts and information to general principles .The outcomes of a collection of this understanding are generalisations, theories, generalised insights, general ideas, concepts, principles, rules and/or laws. Similar to learning , understanding acquires the ‘meaning’ of knowledge through information and interpretation of existing concepts and knowledge.

Structuring and processing knowledge requires selection, organisation and integration of new information with the prior knowledge interwoven with the thread of understanding. This basically indicates that both ‘understanding ‘ and ‘knowledge ‘ are interdependent and have a two-way relationship with each other.

So while we depend equally on analogies and previous knowledge to relate and derive extension and exception to the content , knowledge continually gets build and reinforced on the foundation of both ‘understanding’ and knowledge itself.

Researchers opine that understanding is a distinctive cognitive state and unlike knowledge, understanding comes in degrees and is immune to epistemic luck.

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