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Page: 4391 (abstract only)
Publication year: 2014
ISBN: 978-84-617-0557-3
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 7-9 July, 2014
Location: Barcelona, Spain

MEMORIZATION OR UNDERSTANDING: ARE WE TEACHING THE RIGHT THING?

E. Mazur

Harvard University (UNITED STATES)
Education is more than just transfer of information, yet that is what is mostly done in large introductory courses -- instructors present material (even though this material might be readily available in printed form) and for students the main purpose of lectures is to take down as many notes as they can. Few students have the ability, motivation, and discipline to synthesize all the information delivered to them. Yet synthesis is perhaps the most important -- and most elusive -- aspect of education. I will show how shifting the focus in lectures from delivering information to synthesizing information greatly improves the learning that takes place in the classroom.


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@InProceedings{MAZUR2014MEM,
author = {Mazur, E.},
title = {MEMORIZATION OR UNDERSTANDING: ARE WE TEACHING THE RIGHT THING?},
series = {6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
booktitle = {EDULEARN14 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-617-0557-3},
issn = {2340-1117},
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location = {Barcelona, Spain},
month = {7-9 July, 2014},
year = {2014},
pages = {4391}}
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E. Mazur (2014) MEMORIZATION OR UNDERSTANDING: ARE WE TEACHING THE RIGHT THING?, EDULEARN14 Proceedings, p. 4391.
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