ERIC Number: ED053079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar-30
Reference Count: 0
Toward a Theory-Based Approach to Instructional Development.
Merrill, M. David
Instructional development should be based on theory rather than raw empiricism. The dimensions and possible form of an instructional theory are outlined in three premises. It was presumed that a limited set of behavior categories exist and that all behaviors can be calssed into one or more of these categories. It was also presumed that for each category there exists an optimal information processing strategy which would promote most efficiently and effectively the acquisition of that behavior. It was also presumed that the purpose of instruction is to manipulate task variables in such a way that students are facilitated in using the appropriate information processing strategy. One aspect of an instructional theory is described in relation to concept learning. An experimental investigation is described, together with steps for applying these principles to instructional development. (Author/MBM)
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Authoring Institution: Brigham Young Univ., Provo, UT.
Note: Working Paper No. 16, presented at AECT 1971 convention, Philadelphia