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rote learn·ing

the learning of arbitrary relationships, usually by repetition of the learning procedure through memorization and without an understanding of the relationships.

rote learn·ing

(rōt lĕrn'ing)
The learning of arbitrary relationships, usually by repetition of the learning procedure through memorization and without an understanding of the relationships.
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Nevertheless, experiences in learning musical passages by rote, with an emphasis on listening, are beneficial.
Joseph Convent School in the midlands of Ireland, the good sisters taught us by rote and rule; if we didn't master the rote, the rule(r) rode our knuckles.
While the distinction between naming and explaining is not identical with, it is compatible with what has traditionally been described as the difference between "learning by rote" and "learning by understanding." So, in 1900, Felix Klein was struggling with mathematics education problems of his own day.
But many teachers taught by rote "behind closed doors".
I think that having to recite a Pledge of Allegiance to your country, droned by rote every single day before school or before every baseball game, is ridiculous ("One Nation Indivisible," December Church & State).
But there is something extra amusing about the same thing happening in Japan, where schools spend a good chunk of their time forcing children to learn geographical facts by rote. Sure, when shown a map of Japan, a full 99.1 percent of 4th year primary school kids could identify Hokkaido because it's big and funny-shaped and sits at the very top of the map.
"People bothering to get in the car for something on a Friday evening, even from out of town, and driving downtown and parking and coming in here means they're doing it purposefully, not by rote."
THE YES MEN are a band of pranksters who specialize in sending up the WorldTrade Organization, sometimes with wit and sometimes by rote. They're in a good position to do this, since they happen to own the domain name gatt.org.
Any opinions he holds are cribbed by rote from New York magazine.
Disputing the belief that parrots only mimic sounds and learn by rote, Pepperberg says Alex can identify 50 objects, 7 colors, and 5 shapes, and understand abstract concepts like bigger, smaller, same, and different--proving that "animal intelligence is more widespread than we thought," she says.
At the heart of his story is an analysis of the shift from one-room schoolhouses - periodically attended, poorly equipped and ruled by rote learning and threat of punishment - to graded schools with regular semesters, individualized programs of learning, and fear of failure as keeper of discipline.