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Some questions about education in England

Discussion in 'Primary' started by LFRM, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. Hi,
    My name is Laura and I am an education researcher in Mexico. I am carrying out a research about teaching methods and results, this is: which are the best practices carried out in the classroom which achieve good results, particularly in the use of memorization concepts and the need of memorizing concepts.
    As your country is one ot the top ones in PISA I want to ask some questions about some very polemic issues, such as: Do you still use some rote learning like when the children learn the multiplication tables or country capitals, the days of the week, the months of the year, etc. after they have understand concept and procedures? Do you teach such kind of things? Do you use rote learning in other kind of complex concepts after they have understood them? How do you teach the children to read and write by phonics or by whole learning? This beside of course the other cognitve learning strategies, I just want to know the role of memory in learning, the role of repetition techniches in learning and the results gained by different practices in acquiring knowledge.
    Perhaps this is very simple for you but here in my country some education specialists argued that memory is not important, that the most important things is building knowledge buy its meaning, and while this is true, and many teachers use a lot of incredible games and practices for understanding there is a moment in which many teachers use memorization techniques at the end because core concepts are not well reminded. Which is your opinion in these issues?
    Thank you ver much for your patience and sorry if my English is not very good.

  2. Hi Laura

    In my opinion it would be a bit of rote learning, but I would say it is mainly skill building.

  3. Waiguoren

    Waiguoren Occasional commenter

    Good luck with your research, Laura.
    This website might help, especially the section in "Schooling." It's to help parents understand what their children will need to learn at each stage.
  4. Thank you very much for yours answers, I will go to your webpage.

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