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    the agency to persist

    What does this "agency" mean? "action, power, or operation"?

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    ex)Young children always find that new knowledge makes more sense if it is linked to something within their own experience.New knowledge needs to have a purpose; this has sometimes been called 'knowing how' rather than 'knowing that'. This is the kind of knowledge that might help a child to construct a model or plant a bulb. The child needs to know the different qualities between sticky tape and glue or which way up a bulb should be planted for it to grow. Here, new knowledge is attached to an immediate problem which needs to be solved...
    New knowledge which is separated from a purpose is not stored with any meaningfulness for the child wo lacks both the curiosity and the agency to persist. Learning this sort does not enable the child to make connections with what they already know and can easily lead to discouragement.
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    Re: the agency to persist

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    What does this "agency" mean? "action, power, or operation"?

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    ex)Young children always find that new knowledge makes more sense if it is linked to something within their own experience...New knowledge which is separated from a purpose is not stored with any meaningfulness for the child wo lacks both the curiosity and the agency to persist....
    It looks out of place to me. What's the rest of the sentence?

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    Re: the agency to persist

    I wonder if it was meant to say "urgency".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: the agency to persist

    I added more, but I'm not sure if it's a typo or the writer made a mistake.
    *The translation goes as "power" for "agency", which I found in a dictionary.

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    Re: the agency to persist

    New knowledge which is separated from a purpose is not stored with any meaningfulness for the child who lacks both the curiosity and the agency to persist. Learning of this sort does not enable the child to make connections with what they already know and can easily lead to discouragement.

    It is an unusual usage but perhaps here an "agency" means a "power", or possibly "mechanism", that helps produce a particular result. In this case the translation might be more accurate as "impetus", or even "method".

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