Rote learning is essential for a child’s education – play isn’t, says leading neuroscientist

Want to keep up with the latest education news and opinion? Follow TES USA on Twitter and like TES USA on Facebook Traditional approaches to education such as practising rote learning and improving students’ memories are essential to allow for more complex tasks, a leading expert in cognitive science has said. Helen Abadzi, who was an education specialist at the World Bank, said that pupils who “overlearn” and repeatedly practise tasks, such as mental arithmetic, free up their working memory for more “higher order” analytical thinking. Dr Abadzi, an expert in cognitive psychology and neuroscience at he University of Texas at Arlington, criticised more “progressive” approaches to learning from the likes of education adviser and author Sir Ken Robinson. She argued that people are “basically prisoners of their working memory”. By repeating tasks, such as times tables, it becomes automatic and unconscious,…


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