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The Teaching of Arithmetic: Method


by David Eugene Smith - 1909

Of all the terms used in educational circles "Method" is perhaps the most loosely defined. Efforts have been made to limit its meaning, to divide its responsibilities with such terms as "Mode" and "Manner," but it still stands and is likely to stand as a convenient name for all sorts of ideas and theories and devices. Nevertheless it has been most often used in arithmetic to speak of the general plan of some individual for introducing the subject, as when we speak of the Pestalozzi or Tillich or Grube Methods, although it is also applied to such arrangements of material as is indicated by the expressions Topical Method and Spiral Method, and to such an emphasis of some particular feature as has given name to the Ratio Method. It is not the intention to attempt any definition of the term that shall include all of these ramifications, but to take it as it stands, to characterize briefly some of these "Methods," and then to speak briefly of the subject as a whole


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 10 Number 1, 1909, p. 11-14
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10007, Date Accessed: 10/16/2019 3:52:02 AM

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