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A Study of the Preferences of Secondary School Pupils for the Various Subjects of the Curriculum


by J. C. Brown & J. H. Minnick 1915

It is generally accepted as a principle of modern pedagogy that a pupil's achievement in a subject depends, to no small degree, upon his interest in that subject. Interest is the best guarantee of attention and attention is an essential factor in achievement in school activities. Dewey points out the fact that if a subject has to be made interesting it is because interest is wanting.1 All will agree that one of the most important questions confronting the classroom teacher is how to increase legitimately the pupil's interest in a subject, and thus secure increased achievement.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 16 Number 5, 1915, p. 1-20
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 6165, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 7:50:03 PM

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