The task, says Terrace, is comparable to many instances in which humans use rote memory
, such as punching in a seven-digit number on a pushbutton telephone.
The use of search engines, the study asserts, suggests that human memory is reorganizing where it goes for information, adapting to new computing technologies rather than relying solely on rote memory
From the most basic awareness of our environment, our memory skills progress from rote memory, working (short-term) memory, patterning and connections to relational memory, and, ultimately, long-term memory storage.
Rote Memory tasks are, unfortunately, the most commonly required ones for students.
If what will be tested is low-level rote memory
, that is all most will ever learn.
Such a textbook-driven curriculum may contribute to students' falling behind, failing to see how math relates to their lives, and depending upon rote memory
rather than reasoning.