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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 921–923. Reviews the book, A Technology of Reading and Writing, Vol. 3: The Adaptive Classroom by Donald E. P. Smith (1977). This volume is divided into three parts. Part 1 introduces the concept of an adaptive classroom and discusses feedback systems and evaluating classroom effectiveness. Part 2 consists of chapters on various aspects of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Part 3 briefly discusses four reading methods and ways to make them suitable for adaptive classrooms. The book at many levels is uneven. For example, some topics are disproportionately detailed and others are barely mentioned. The unevenness exists within topics as well. There are some very positive aspects of the book. For example, Smith's emphasis on the teacher is commendable. As teachers and teacher trainers say, the method is not nearly as important as the person using it. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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