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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