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3. Finite vs dynamic knowledge and skills


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Last updated 26 October 2012 15:30 by NZTecAdmin

  • When you’re setting timeframes for expected progress it’s useful to distinguish between those items of knowledge and skills that are finite and those that are more dynamic. (You can refresh your understanding of these by reading page 4 in the Starting Points Assessment Guide).
  • Think about the finite sets of knowledge and skills as the discrete items that are necessary in order to read. When learners are able to draw on them to decode texts fluently, they are able to use more of their cognitive resources to engage with meaning, examine texts critically, and use their reading more flexibly. When instruction is right, you should expect to see most learners getting finite skills and knowledge under control quite quickly.

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