Volume 49, Issue 2, Fall 2021
Catherine Z. Elgin
Beyond the Information Given: Teaching, Testimony, and the Advancement of Understanding
Teaching is not testimony. Although both convey information, they have different uptake requirements. Testimony aims to impart information and typically succeeds if the recipient believes that information
on account of having been told by a reliable informant. Teaching aims to equip learners to go beyond the information given—to leverage that information to broaden, deepen, and critique their current understanding of a topic. Teaching fails if the recipients believe the information only because it is what they have been told.