rote learning

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rote learning memorization by repetition
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Usage

In literature:

He spoke to her for an hour, exhorting her never to forget her catechism, which she had learned by rote.
"Skookum Chuck Fables" by Skookum Chuck (pseud for R.D. Cumming)
They learned the sentences by rote, in an eager sort of way, but she could see the real understanding was lacking.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Only they had learned the trick of speech and got by rote the language of religion.
"The Preacher and His Models" by James Stalker
The once universal practice of learning by rote is daily falling into discredit.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
Does learning by rote promote mind-wandering?
"Assimilative Memory" by Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
This was a tolerably difficult change for uneducated skippers, working by rules they had only learned by rote.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)" by Augustus de Morgan
They learn purely by rote.
"In the School-Room" by John S. Hart
She found it very hard to learn by rote all the psalms and hymns.
"Ditte: Girl Alive!" by Martin Andersen Nexo
A child is made as a punishment to learn by rote fifty lines of Virgil.
"A House-Party" by Ouida
There were many strange faces and voices in it, and it was a studied play, each part learned by rote.
"The Galaxy, May, 1877" by Various
That is only another of those speeches learned by rote.
"The Romance of the Canoness" by Paul Heyse
My story was learned by rote, well prepared, often rehearsed.
"Trevethlan (Vol 3 of 3)" by William Davy Watson
The greatest orators have been those who have not learned "by rote" what they have spoken.
"Increasing Personal Efficiency" by Russell H. Conwell
Sciences may be learned by rote, said my father to Yorick.
"Auricular Confession and Popish Nunneries Volumes I. and II., Complete" by William Hogan
This is the season too, and these are the faculties, to be employed in learning by rote.
"Household Education" by Harriet Martineau
In early boyhood they show some talent for arithmetic, and an extraordinary power of learning by rote.
"The Fijians" by Basil Thomson
In speaking of the education of his son, he deprecates the learning by rote of hymns.
"A Commonplace Book of Thoughts, Memories, and Fancies." by Anna Jameson
But to make a creed learned by rote the basis of consolation is perilous.
"Expositor's Bible: The Book of Job" by Robert Watson
Do not try to learn by rote the contents of these lessons.
"Plain English" by Marian Wharton
It is possible, he admits, to learn French by rote, without any grammar rules.
"The Teaching and Cultivation of the French Language in England during Tudor and Stuart Times" by Kathleen Lambley
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In poetry:

Thou therefore didst desire me, as I guess,
That I shou'd all those points in verse express;
That so the younglings of our flocks by rote
Might learn to sing with ease, what thus was wrote.
"The Author's Letter To A Clergyman, Who Had Desired Him To Put The Catechism Of The Church Of Englan" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Rote learning can take a toll on building creativity in schools.
Recently, the Banner-Herald published a commentary about China's move away from rote learning toward teaching more creative thinking skills to the upcoming generation.
It's my second year here, and we're focusing on shifting our culture of learning from the traditional model of education, rote recitation, to teaching students how to be learners.
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In science:

Another reason that physics students learn by rote.
Lessons From the Physics-Education Reform Effort
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