ERIC Number: ED295645
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jan-15
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Operationalizing Cognitive Constructs in the Design of Computer-Based Instruction.
Hettinger, Gary A.
This study of the application of cognitive style theory to the development of computer-based instruction explored two questions, i.e., whether computer-based courseware can be designed to address specific learner characteristics, and, if so, which characteristics. Several factors involved in the optimization of instruction are described: learner adaptation, mastery learning, structure of knowledge, and individual differences. These factors are then considered in relation to the development of cognitive style constructs. The components of field dependence/independence (FD/I) cognitive style are then identified and their use in instructional design is briefly described. A matrix is developed to detail the bipolar nature of the FD/I concept, and learner characteristics and corresponding instructional strategies are detailed for both the field dependent and field independent branches of the design matrix. The text is supplemented by 3 figures and 15 references. (EW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research Papers presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (New Orleans, LA, January 14-19, 1988). For the complete proceedings, see IR 013 331.