Oops! Why Rote Memorization Is a Valid Teaching Tool

Rae Pica with Joan Almon, Daniel Willingham, PH.D., and Justin Snider

In this segment we talk with a cognitive psychologist and memory researcher who challenges the wholesale notion that rote memorization is not authentic learning or quality teaching. He argues that contrary to conventional wisdom there is indeed a place for rote memorization in the teaching/learning process. Did we throw out the baby with the bath water?

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May 8, 2009
Episode Guests
Joan Almon is executive director of the U.S. Alliance for Childhood. Daniel Willingham earned his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Harvard University. He is the author of Why Don’t Students Like School? Justin Snider is a contributing editor at The Hechinger Report and is completing his doctorate in Education at Columbia University.
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