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Feb 26, 2014 Brian added it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: educators, parents
This book is far more useful and relevant to discussions about education today than a rash judgment (based on its date of publication and choice of the now-defunct USSR as a role model for American educators) might make of it. Without knowing anything about the book or the author going into it, I was expecting either an ethnographic account of education systems in the US and the USSR, deliberately devoid of Bronfenbrenner's own judgments, or…a systematic debunking of the Soviet system compared t ...more
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“Thus if we know a child has had sufficient opportunity to observe and acquire a behavioral sequence, and we know he is physically capable of performing the act but does not do so, then it is reasonable to assume that it is motivation which is lacking. The appropriate countermeasure then involves increasing the subjective value of the desired act relative to any competing response tendencies he might have, rather than having the model senselessly repeat an already redundant sequence of behavior.”More quotes…