ERIC Number: ED084859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Sep
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Descriptor for Individualized Instruction; Development Procedures and Results.
DeVault, M. Vere; And Others
In recent years the many efforts to individualized instruction have been hampered by a lack of communication among professionals. The Descriptor for Individualized Instruction was developed to facilitate communication. It functions in several ways: 1) as a summary of a single program, 2) as a means of comparison between programs, 3) as a tool to compare an existing program with its projected development and 4) as an aid to program development. The descriptor is a graphic representation which identifies, quantifies and describes the relevant parameters of a program of individualization. The nine components of the descriptor are: objectives, rate, sequence, instructional materials (media), management of information, management of instructional components and program pattern. A preliminary program descriptor is also used to describe the setting for the individualization program. The first edition of the descriptor evolved from an exploration of the literature and consultation with qualified professionals. It was then field tested and revised. Although there is no "hard data" available, the staff feels there is informal evidence that if used properly, the descriptor is both reliable and valid. The field tests were conducted in the areas of mathematics, reading and teacher education. The applicability of the descriptor to other areas is unknown as yet. A copy of the descriptor is included. (JG)
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Center for the Analysis of Individualized Instruction.