ERIC Number: EJ874125
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
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Do Students Need to Memorize Facts in the Digital Age?
Mahoney, Robert E.; Knowles, Carmela Curatola
Learning & Leading with Technology, v37 n5 p6-7 Feb 2010
In this article, the authors present their opposing views on whether students need to memorize facts in the digital age. One author contends that it is foolhardy to expect students to develop procedural knowledge (processes) without the underlying declarative knowledge (facts). The other says that analyzing always takes precedence over memorizing and it is the foundation of critical-thinking skills. She argues that if people rely on memorization strategies, they are reinforcing only short-term storage of pathways and this leads to disconnects between messages, images, and memory recollection.
Descriptors: Memorization, Thinking Skills, Critical Thinking, Long Term Memory, Short Term Memory, Recall (Psychology), Brain, Cognitive Processes, Age Groups
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