Precision teaching is a method for learning and practicing skills and strategies until they are fluent or automatic. It was developed in the mid-1960s by Ogden Lindsley, who had been a student of B. F. Skinner at Harvard University in the 1950s. Precision teachers assert that these procedures ensure that students retain the skills they are taught, can perform them for extended periods, and can easily apply them, both to new learning requirements and in the course of their daily lives. This entry describes the evolution of precision teaching and its accompanying standard celeration chart.


Lindsley began by developing a graph, which he initially called the standard behavior chart. His vision was that teachers could be scientists, plotting each student's performance data on the chart, watching ...

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