The Concept of Scaffolding

Scaffolding is a term that has been popularized in the field of education. In order for students to understand a third floor concept, educators have to provide scaffolding for them. In order for a student to grasp calculus, for example, they need a foundation in algebra. In order for a student to understand British Literature, they must have studied the English language.

Scaffolding is a series of mechanisms that ensure the success of students. First, a teacher has to understand what students know or do not know. For instance, if a student is sure that the world is flat, any teaching that the world is round is not going to stick. Second, a teacher has to deconstruct or successfully challenge the notion that the world ...

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