ERIC Number: ED335316
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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Teaching for Transfer: The Role of Contextualized Instruction.
Reboy, Lisa M.
Contextualized instruction (also referenced as anchor instruction) is teaching a skill within a specific or functional context known as a target setting. The purpose of this approach is to teach transfer or generalization of a skill in order to increase the likelihood that what is taught in the training or classroom setting will be used in future applicable settings. Teaching relevant behaviors in relevant contexts offers students utility, practicality, and adaptability. Additionally, the student must be taught enough appropriate variations of the behavior in order to apply it in a number of situations. A number of tactics have been developed to both introduce and highlight the critical features of target settings: introduce maintaining contingencies, use common stimuli, use sufficient stimulus exemplars, train loosely, and promote precision. Two conceptualized instruction programs are highlighted. Proponents of contextualized instruction may benefit by looking at other techniques as discussed in the generalization literature in order to further aid the analysis and improvement of contextualized instruction. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Functional Context; Project FLIT; Target Planning
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).