ERIC Number: ED059593
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Toward the Development of Effective Instructional Technology for American Education.
Komoski, P. Kenneth
Three trends have shaped the goals of instructional technology during the last ten years. These are: a trend toward multi-disciplined approach to achieve specific learning objectives through field testing; a trend toward the development of more complex, multimedia, expensive equipment, materials, and systems; and a trend toward programs designed to facilitate individualized instruction. Most of the present instructional systems, however, are developed by a team consisting of a few subject matter specialists, writers, and editorial people organized and funded by an educational publisher. Development costs for such a system may run $200,000, even without systematic evaluation in the field. Present business strategies and the present pattern of federal funding tend to hinder rather than help the development of new instructional systems. Business strategies call for selling more of the presently developed material rather than pursuing new ones; the federal funding pattern has tended to be hit-or-miss without effective leadership or control. Progress toward more effective instructional technology might be made if the federal government funded a company willing to undertake the development of a specific instructional system to the point at which a significant number of school systems voluntarily elect to use the system at local expense. (JY)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Educational Products Information Exchange Inst., Stony Brook, NY.
Note: This is one of the support papers for "To Improve Learning; A Report to the President and the Congress of the United States by the Commission on Instructional Technology", ED 034 905