The Importance of Teaching for Understanding


by Harl R. Douglass & Herbert F. Spitzer 1946

"Knowledge is power" is a familiar maxim, but it is not always a sound maxim. It is not a sound maxim when "knowledge" is made to mean merely the possession of a great many facts. Such "knowledge" affords one little "power." To have real power in the sense of the maxim one must know, besides the facts themselves, the relationships which link them together; and one must know when and how to use them. In a word, the kind of "knowledge" which makes for "power" is that which includes understanding.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 45, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 47 Number 9, 1946, p. 7-26
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