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The Role of Practice in Learning

by J. B. Stroud - 1942

The old maxim practice makes perfect is a mixture of truth and error. By practice is meant performance or some number of performances. It is customary to speak of performances as repetitions or trials. The term repetition so used is not intended to suggest that the successive performances are exact duplicates of each other. Exact repetition of an act probably does not lead to improvement. If the character of successive performances does not change in any respect, learning, by definition, does not take place.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 41, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 43 Number 10, 1942, p. 353-376
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 20468, Date Accessed: 7/2/2020 2:46:29 PM

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