Cormier’s “Becoming over memory”
Dave Cormier criticizes a common practice of teaching that focuses too much on repeating and memory, rather than becoming and knowledge. This practice is said to be partly conditioned by the the print culture, where knowledge is packaged in the form of a book for the learners to consume. Cormier, however, believes that the “real moment of learning” goes beyond simply remembering the facts. He goes on to explain it with the example of parallel parking. (start: 20:15 mins)
Is it a new idea?
However, I’m not sure if the distinction between becoming and memory may just be the distinction between declarative and conceptual knowledge as defined by Gagnes. Presupposing that there is some form of knowledge out there to be learned doesn’t necessarily equate learning with remembering. Learning some principles and applying them to new situations isn’t the same as simply remembering.