ERIC Number: ED254546
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Development of Instructional Theory from Learning Postulates.
Smith, M. Daniel
This paper presents a brief review of the literature on instructional theory and a brief rationale for the development of such theory, then discusses an ongoing project in developing such theory from basic postulates of learning. An overview of a comprehensive, integrated learning model, based on information processing theory and necessary for instructional theory development, is presented. It postulates two basic types of learning ("boosting" and "chunking") and integrates cognitive, behavioral, and affective elements into mental units called schemes. Instructional theory is developed as a sequence of instructional processes (IPs), each with sub-processes, and often preceded by analytic processes (APs) involving both the learner and tha task. The paper then indicates some of the difficulties experienced by students of educational psychology in creating practical applications, and describes the insights which have emergeed from the endeavor as a whole. (Author/BS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Instructional Theory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (Ellenville, NY, October 24-26, 1984).