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ERIC Number: ED222172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Curriculum Viewed as a Binary System: An Approach to the Determination of Sequence. A Project Report.
Renckly, Thomas R.; Orwig, Gary
A description of the development and application of a hierarchical/binary model by which a curriculum may be analyzed to determine alternative instructional sequences given particular instructional objectives and limiting constraints forms the body of this report. The background of the project as part of an effort by the U.S. Navy Recruiting Command to develop training programs for 16 closely related jobs is described; the complexity of the curriculum design process is discussed; the development of an instructional objectives hierarchy is outlined; and the characteristics and uses of binary matrices, transitive relations analysis, and directed graphs (digraphs) in the ranking of instructional objectives are detailed. The method employed to establish an instructional objectives hierarchy during the project is then recounted in step-by-step fashion, drawing on the preceding examination of ranking techniques. A computer algorithm which replicates the design process presented in the report is briefly discussed. Accompanying the text are 13 figures, 4 analytical tables, a 21-item bibliography, and 2 appendices--the first, a detailed computer flowchart for developing a sequence digraph from a set of curriculum objectives and the second, an Applesoft BASIC program listing based upon the flowchart presented in the first appendix. (JL)
Publication Type: Non-Print Media; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Interservice/Industry Conference on Training and Equipment (3rd, Orlando, FL, November 29-December 2, 1981).