My associate was explaining a concept to do with distributed datasets on the whiteboard to some people at work. He was making a judgement about how much they understood.

I think they understood it more than he gave them credit for, and he continued to explain after they had got his big idea.

I'm trying to find a word to describe "his understanding of their understanding".

Here is what I have come up with so far:

  • cognitive empathy
  • meta epistemology
  • pedagogical epistemology
  • skill in teaching

My question is: What is the word for "understanding someone's level of understanding"?

  • An associated concept is 'pitching the material at their level'. In education, 'assessment' and 'level 3 (etc)' are keywords. Sep 4, 2017 at 11:36

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Assessing comprehension of material during presentations by asking questions such as,

"Does this make sense to everyone?"


"Does anyone need more information?"

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