Leaving Cert and rote memorisation

Ireland“Sir, – Your Editorial (‘A signpost, not a destination’, August 15th) says in relation to our two-year Leaving Cert course: ‘A new study by Dr Denise Burns of DCU indicates that rote learning (sic) continues to dominate over critical thinking’. It’s true that rote memorisation dominance exists. It’s also true that critical thinking shortcomings can be rectified easily – and ought to be, for level-playing field purposes – during the first semesters of third-level courses …” (more)

[Joe Foyle, Irish Times, 16 August]

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