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Building Conceptual Understanding

In each episode of the Inside Our MIND podcast, we take a look at issues and challenges facing education that we are working to address through research, technology and strategic initiatives.

In our latest episode, Brian welcomes Director of ST Math Content Ki Karou back to the show for a discussion on conceptual understanding. Ki gives an overview of the difference between procedural and conceptual learning, and how schemas are the foundation of conceptual understanding. He also delves into the neuroscience of deeper learning, and the shift in approach needed to facilitate conceptual learning in the classroom.

From a neuroscience perspective, essentially conceptual learning is building a schema.

- Ki Karou

You can listen to the episode in the player below: 

Topics Covered in the Podcast:
0:45 Intro

2:00 MathMINDs Games: South of the Sahara Release (mindresearch.org/mathminds-games)
4:00 Conceptual Understanding and Schema Building
5:30 Procedural vs. Conceptual
8:00 Shifting Mindsets for Conceptual Learning 10:30 Conveying Information Visually
13:00 Assessing Conceptual Understanding
16:45 Teaching for Deep Understanding
21:40 Research on Optimizing for Short-Term Vs. Long Term Learning
28:45 Takeaways

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Brian LeTendre

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Brian LeTendre orchestrates content development at MIND Research Institute. He is an author, podcaster and avid gamer.

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