ERIC Number: ED030607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Criteria for Theories of Instruction.
Gordon, Ira J., Ed.; And Others
This booklet is designed to provide guidelines for those responsible for creating curricular or instructional systems and for those determining their use in schools. An introductory chapter, "The Concept of Theory of Instruction," describes uses of the term "theory" and the development of scientific theories. Chapter 2, "Instructional Theory--Looking Backward and Forward," discusses the relationship of theory to data and to values, the components of a statement of theory, the use of technical language, the use of generalization in theory building, and the validation of theories. Chapter 3, "Criteria for Assessing the Formal Properties of Theories of Instruction," lists 10 criteria which apply to the analysis of any scientific theory and presents illustrations of their applicability to instruction. Chapter 4, "The Functions of Instructional Theory," discusses areas in which instructional theory can be assessed for its utility value: research, teacher behavior, teacher education and supervision, and curriculum development. Appended are two papers by Ira Gordon, one deomonstrating one use to which the assessment criteria may be put (examination of printed curriculum materials in relation to chapter 3 specifications), and one presenting a model for curriculum development decisionmaking on the local level. (JS)
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1201 16th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 ($2.00)
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Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Washington, DC.