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INCREASING emphasis on visual methods of learning have prompted the School-Aid Pub-lications Department of the Daily Mail to issue a series of books in which the role of the text and illustrations in the usual text-book are reversed. Here the 'story' is told by means of photographs and diagrams, the text being introduced incidentally to supplement the interest built up by the illustrations. This novel approach is undoubtedly one which has much to commend it and one which will be particularly well received by teachers of more backward pupils in primary, secondary modern and day continuation schools. But the publishers should beware lest the interest they create through their pictures leads quickly to a state of mental confusion in the readers. In one book alone they include thirty-one topics, each of which is packed with information which needs time to consider. The impression gained is that topic succeeds topic without any clear demarcation, so that some not-so-bright student might easily include the Tower of London as a brass instrument of the orchestra. The books would have greater effect if fewer topics were included and dealt with at greater length. The pattern for these might be based on the stories of America and Australia which are included in these books and which have been excellently devised and elaborated.

Look and Learn

The New Pictorial Encyclopædia. (Daily Mail School-Aid Publication.) Pp. 112. (London : Associated Newspapers, Ltd., n.d.) 7s. 6d. net.

Look and Learn

The New Pictoriat Encyclopædia. Series 2. (Daily Mail School-Aid Publication.) Pp. 112. (London : Associated Newspapers, Ltd., 1948.) 7s. 6d.

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H., T. Look and Learn Look and Learn. Nature 163, 748 (1949) doi:10.1038/163748d0

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