What is the proper word for describing the kind of teaching which based on executing/applying what you heard from your teacher without thinking of it or even applying reason. To just to do what you have heard.

  • The usual 'BrE' expression for blithely echoing what you have been taught is 'repeating [something] parrot-fashion'. From ODO: adverb British Without thought or understanding; mechanically: she repeated the phrase parrot-fashion Jul 19, 2016 at 23:02
  • Indoctrination isn't quite right, but the question implies something more drastic than just memorization.
    – ab2
    Jul 21, 2016 at 0:56
  • Not a dupe of that question. OP is not asking for a derogatory term, nor a term for the pupil. The request is for a term for a kind of teaching.
    – MetaEd
    Jul 21, 2016 at 17:37
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This is called learning by rote. A kind of learning style that isn't really learning but repeating exactly as you were told. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rote_learning.

  • what about the word "didactic", is it right as well?
    – Amrmsmb
    Jul 19, 2016 at 22:01
  • @Elpharaoh Didactic just means "to teach" as in didactic methodology. Possibly you are thinking of pedantic, but that doesn't really work either. Jul 19, 2016 at 22:05


is also a term you could use for what you describe.

Dictionary.com defines it as follows:


verb (used with object), memorized, memorizing. to commit to memory; learn by heart: to memorize a poem.

verb (used without object), memorized, memorizing. to learn by heart: I've always been able to memorize easily.

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