ERIC Number: ED137725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Imagery Constructs vs. Elaboration Constructs.
Rohwer, William D., Jr.
This discussion uses the topics imagery and elaboration as vehicles for speculating about the psychological character of knowledge, about its relationships with learning and development, and about its implications for education. In brief, the argument presented suggests that elaboration facilitates learning, that such facilitation signifies an important characteristic of human knowledge, that the character of knowledge is more episodic than hierarchical, that learning is the mental construction of episodes, that development liberates learning from its environmental dependence, and that neglect of these propositions in instructional planning may be detrimental to students' learning. Implications of this theory for educational practice advocate the use of references to students' previous experience and environmental prompts, and suggest that the ordering of information or the evaluation of learning in the classroom according to a hierarchical model may be misleading. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, New York, April 1977)