ERIC Number: ED251503
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec-3
Reference Count: 0
Task Analysis and Synthesis as Precursors of Productive Instruction.
Follettie, Joseph F.
Typical prevailing task analysis really is skill analysis whose product is a set of generic tasks considered to exhaust or sufficiently sample a skill domain. This approach yields tasks as the base entities of analysis; any understanding of interrelations of structures in the skill architecture in consequence must occur--if at all--above the level of the task. Taking table-using skill as the illustrative domain, this paper presents a view of task analysis and synthesis as dependent on workspace characteristics and grounding on base operations. An assumption anchoring the presentation is that the approach provides a better focus for instructional effectiveness-efficiency issues and solutions than does the more molar approach wherein tasks are the base entities of analysis. (Author)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, Los Alamitos, CA.