Joel A. Smelley Jr.

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  1. Rote Learning: A Revived Strategy for Religious Instruction

    Fall 2013, Transformational Teaching and Learning — Pages 309-321

    This article is designed to explore the use of rote learning as a viable solution as an educational method. Argued herein, it is a viable method of teaching and learning if it is used within the framework of catechism, a method of teaching using the question-and-answer format. Important considerations such as the definition of rote learning, the benefits and limitations of rote learning, and the use of catechism in the home and church as a means to lead to meaningful learning are addressed. The catechism is a useful tool for presenting the gospel and passing along the faith once for all delivered to the saints to the next generation.

    Key Words: catechism, meaningful learning, rote learning

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