ERIC Number: ED058726
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Psychology and/or Cybernetics as Basis for Instructional Strategy.
Kopstein, Felix F.; Siedel, Robert J.
Can the laws of learning be applied in the classroom? The issue is whether control over the stimulus affords management-control over the learning processes within the student. The S-R (stimulus-response) position in psychology, most notably associated with Skinner, tends to accept and assert the affirmative. However, accumulated experience with programed instruction leaves some doubt that effective and efficient instructional strategies can be derived solely from behavioral psychology. As an alternative basis for deriving meaningful instructional strategies, cybernetics has much to recommend it. The principles of iterative feedback control and regulation in the instructional process are discussed in this paper. The use of these principles in recent instructional theories is briefly illustrated. (Author)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of the Chief of Research and Development (Army), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Research Organization, Alexandria, VA.
Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 1970)