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Precision Teaching

Precision teaching is a system for defining instructional targets, monitoring daily performance, and organizing and presenting performance data in a uniform manner to facilitate timely and effective instructional decisions. Precision teaching does not dictate what should be taught or how instruction should proceed. Rather, it represents a set of strategies and tactics for evaluating whatever program a teacher might choose to implement. Although developed specifically for the evaluation of instruction, precision teaching strategies have also proven useful in the evaluation of a wide range of other phenomena.

Guiding Principles

Ogden Lindsley, who first introduced precision teaching in the 1960s, borrowed five major tenets from B. F. Skinner's experimental analysis of behavior.

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