What is a perfect recitation? In the fifteenth chapter, page 201 of Dewey's "How We Think" will be found a statement of Herbart's formal steps of instruction. They have been designated as the five perfect steps of a recitation. As Dewey says, "These five steps have had greater and better influence on the 'hearing of lessons' than all other methods put together." Dewey further states "that the underlying notion of these steps is that no matter h ow subjects vary in scope and detail there is one and only one 'best' way of mastering them since there is a 'single method' uniformly follow ed by the mind in effective attack on any subject."
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"The Scientific Method,"
Science Bulletin: Vol. 1:
1, Article 4.
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