Is it all just memorisation?

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As a memory researcher and teacher-educator, I sometimes get a negative reaction when I talk about improving teachers’ understanding of human memory. Am I suggesting that school learning is just a matter of memory? And isn’t memorisation a bad thing? I think that using memory effectively isn’t a bad thing at all, and in fact it’s inevitable – all learning involves memory on some level. In this article I explore what cognitive researchers mean when they talk about memory, as well as discussing some promising research findings that have begun to be applied to education.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Specialist publicationThe Profession: The Annual Publication for Early Career Teachers
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2018


  • evidence-based learning
  • new teachers
  • memory research


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