MUST ALL BOOKS BE WRITTEN FOR UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS?

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(6), 537–538. Pierre Oléron responds to George W Baylor's review (see record 2006-06395-058) of the book, Le raisonnement. Que sais-je? by Oléron (1977). Generally CP reviewers use as a major evaluative criterion a book's success in reaching the audience to whom it is addressed. A different policy seems to be preferred by Baylor. He takes as a criterion his own point of view: He used the personal pronoun “I” 12 times (in 76 lines). Another novelty in Baylor's review is his use of the text as a test for memory, asking himself what he could remember of his reading. Substitution of a quantitative score for a qualitative analysis is an interesting innovation that could be suggested to CP editors. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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