ERIC Number: ED126019
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Mar-21
Reference Count: 0
Considerations in Selecting Instructional Programs. Professional Paper 30.
Niedermeyer, Fred C.; Moncrief, Michael H.
Effective instruction on a national scale is dependent on supplying competent teachers with comprehensive instructional materials and procedures that meet some kind of minimum criteria for accountability. Considerations included in a complete instructional system are: (1) outcomes; (2) assessment; (3) user experience data; (4) materials; (5) training; (6) reporting; (7) time and costs. The program must specify outcomes stating what the learners will be able to do as a result of instruction. When the outcomes are clearly stated, educators can validly assess whether a program is potentially worthwhile and appropriate for a particular population of students. Measures should be included that frequently assess pupil progress, and assessment materials should be directly keyed to a clearly defined set of outcomes. Empirical data regarding the development of an instructional program must not be overlooked. Data must be presented to indicate that outcomes have been consistently attained during previous use of the program in a wide range of situations and that learners and teachers have expressed satisfaction with the system. Included must be instructional and supplemental materials and activities that are keyed directly to the expected program outcomes and assessment materials. Materials for training teachers and other school personnel and for monitoring program performance are necessary. Time and cost effectiveness are the final considerations. (DMT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, Los Alamitos, CA.