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The ability to recall previously encountered information is important for knowledge building and deeper learning.
Retrieval practice is a strategy to recall already learned information by trying to retrieve it from memory. That is, to locate a piece of information in your mind so that you can use it in a new context or for a new activity.
We need to practice finding, recalling and reusing information that has been stored in our long-term memory. The more we practice retrieving knowledge, the easier it becomes. Retrieval practice is important, because we rely on our existing knowledge to not only learn new knowledge but also to undertake higher order tasks such as critical thinking or problem solving. The more easily we can recall knowledge or information, the easier it is for us to make use of that knowledge in new situations.
The research evidence on the importance of retrieval practice is very strong. There also is a growing body of evidence on effective techniques for employing retrieval practice in the classroom.
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