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Preventing Failure in the Primary Grades


reviewed by Marciene S. Mattleman - 1970

coverTitle: Preventing Failure in the Primary Grades
Author(s): Siegfried Engelmann
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York
ISBN: , Pages: 396, Year: 1969
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Perusing a display of professional books, a teacher would probably be attracted to a volume entitled Preventing Failure in the Primary Grades. However, after scanning the first few pages, he may hesitate to continue. He may prefer instead to read elsewhere that the sociology of the urban milieu is the major factor underlying low pupil achievement. For in this book he is confronted with the charge that all children who fail in school are products of teaching that has failed. Ten years ago Scheffler1 made a distinction between teaching and learning. B. F. Skinner made these concepts operational in the language of programming; and through the years "terminal objectives," "behavioral objectives," and "performance criteria" are terms that have become increasingly part of the parlance of education. This thrust provides the basis for the first part of Mr. Engelmann's book dealing with specific causes of failure and remedies based upon criteria-referenced approaches. The strategies are carried even further in the remaining two sections in which plans are presented... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 72 Number 2, 1970, p. 311-312
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1699, Date Accessed: 4/15/2021 12:03:19 AM

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