Memorization: Its Role and Significance as Applied to Talent Education
Nagel, Judith Anne
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
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Purpose of the Investigation: In order to function in any field of education, the educator should first have a thorough understanding of all related concepts, for it is basically the educator, working within the environment, who determines the success of his students. "Any child is able to display highly superior abilities if only the correct methods are used in training." Relating this to memory development, one must first understand the physiological and psychological basis of memory, the influence individual mental attitudes and attention spans have on memory, the causes of forgetting, and how vital memory is to the individual functioning in society, before one can effectively utilize methods of memory training. In the investigation, an attempt is made at clarifying, for the reader, the mental faculty known as memory, so that the reader may apply this understanding to his own field of interest. The writer will provide an example of its application to a specific field of learning, showing how memory development is a necessary part of Talent Education. To aid in the reader's understanding, the basic philosophy providing the foundation for Talent Education, its educational goals, its method of training, and specific aids in developing memory skills, will be discussed.