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Success for All: Research and Reform in Elementary Education


reviewed by Patrick Groff 2003

coverTitle: Success for All: Research and Reform in Elementary Education
Author(s): Robert E. Slavin and Nancy A. Madden (Editors)
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Mahwah, NJ
ISBN: 0805838104, Pages: 224, Year: 2001
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Four of the ten chapters of this book are written by Robert Slavin and Nancy Madden. They are creators of the reading instruction program called Success for All (SFA). These chapters are aimed at proving to their readers that SFA is a "winner" (p. xii), i.e., that there are "strong positive effects of SFA [instruction] on reading and writing achievement" for "children from prekindergarten to eighth grade" (p. xiii). However, the words in the title of SFA to the contrary, Slavin and Madden concede that it "does not work for every child in every school" (p. xiii). As they explain, the word "success" in SFA instead stands for a "relentless focus on the success of every child" in learning to read and write, as the result of a "schoolwide, coordinated, and proactive plan" of tutelage (p. 15). Slavin and Madden also acknowledge that "none of the elements of SFA" is "completely new or unique." Nonetheless, SFA teaching supposedly is "based on well-established principles of learning and rigorous... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 78-81
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10929, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 7:04:18 PM

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  • Patrick Groff
    San Diego State University (emeritus)
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    PATRICK GROFF is Professor of Education emeritus at San Diego State University. He has over 300 publications in his academic specialty, children's literacy development and their literature.
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