Dalton System


a method of progressive education whereby students contract to carry through on their own responsibility the year's work as divided up into monthly assignments.

Origin of Dalton System

named after Dalton, Massachusetts, where it was first used in the high schools
Also called Dalton Plan.
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British Dictionary definitions for dalton plan

Dalton plan

Dalton system


a system devised to encourage pupils to learn and develop at their own speed, using libraries and other sources to complete long assignments

Word Origin for Dalton plan

C20: named after Dalton, Massachusetts, where the plan was used in schools
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