Therote model of learning utilizes memorization of details to be learnedthrough repetition. The best example of the rote model is learningthe alphabet and numbers. Additional examples include learning themultiplication table or spelling words, whereby they are memorized byrote.
TheAuthor’s Major Claims
Theauthor’s major claims is that the rote model of learning is beingabandoned for newer techniques, which include among othersassociative learning, use of meta cognition, and application ofcritical thinking. In addition, modern day classroom learningenvironments such collage curriculum discourage rote learning. Thus,teachers have dropped the use of rote as a useful basis for advancedlevels of learning. Despite all these, the author acknowledges rotelearning still plays a bigger role than most teachers would like torecognize it in the present day learning environment (Concordia,2014b).
Howdoes this instructional model support student learning?
Accordingto the author, rote learning should be used as a building block. Thisis because beginners in learning will use the rote memorization tolearn the alphabet or the multiplication table. However, not all rotelearning has to be approached with repetition of the same word ormathematical equation again and again this will cause monotony andboredom for the students (Concordia, 2014a).
Rationalesin Supporting Rote Learning
Concordia(2014a)acknowledges that rote learning and memorization do not equal higherlevel of thinking and none should be used in the place of the other.However, rote learning is the foundation for higher level thinkingthus, it is not to be ignored. In addition, teachers can always userote learning to help students memorize and build higher-levelcritical thinking skills with rote learning as the foundation.
Iagree with the author to a larger extend, rote learning should beused as the foundation for learning however, it becomes a problemwhen it is turned to be the focus of the classroom. That is, rotelearning should not be an end in itself, instead of a means to an endin itself it will have failed in molding critical thinking. Themodel should be most useful in building high level critical thinkingskills.
Accordingto Mayer (2002), learners need to understand that longer an idea iscan be kept in the short term memory, the higher its chances of beingpushed on to the long-term memory. Therefore, this makes rotelearning the easiest way to instill education in learning viamemorization.
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