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ERIC Number: ED036462
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 20
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The Impending Instructional Revolution.
Mitzel, Harold E.
The last three decades of the twentieth century will witness a drastic change in the business of providing instruction in schools and colleges. The idea of "individualized instruction" has been pursued in a desultory fashion by American educators for most of the century. There have been several different concepts of individualization, the most prevalent interpretation focusing on self-pacing or rate-tailoring. The impending instruction revolution will shortly bypass the simplex idea of individualizing instruction and move ahead to the more sophisticated notion of providing "adaptive instruction" for school and college learners, with focus on the tailoring of subject matter presentations to fit the special requirements and capabilities of each learner. Essential to the idea of adaptive education is the means of utilizing new knowledge about individual differences among learners to bring a highly tailored instructional product to the student via computer-assisted instruction in which many identifiable learner variables are taken into account. Two concomitants to the revolution which seriously concern college faculty and administrators are adaptation to increased heterogeneity in mental ability and school preparation among college students and a drastic revision in the approach to learner evaluation and grading practices. Student evaluation would be based on the concept that an achievable mastery criterion exists for each course. (JS)
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Note: Speech presented at the 77th Meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education, University Park, Pennsylvania, June 24, 1969