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ERIC Number: ED298905
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 23
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What Is Learner Control?
Merrill, M. David
This chapter presents the theory and research underlying Merrill's concept of learner control as an instructional system. Three levels of learner control--content-control, display-control, and control of conscious-cognitive processing--and efforts to manipulate these variables are described, and a model of external and internal learner control is presented. Different types of individualized instructional systems are compared on the basis of the learner control involved, and adaptive instructional models are considered. Findings of learner control research are examined in an effort to determine the level of learner control that will maximize student performance. It is argued that all instruction involves some level of learner control, and the challenge is not whether or not learner control should be made available, but how to maximize the student's ability to use the learner control available. Four figures and one table are provided. (46 references) (Author/EW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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