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ERIC Number: ED373715
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 6
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A Socio-Technical Perspective of Instructional Development: A Change in Paradigms.
Goodrum, David A.; And Others
The traditional model of instructional development (ID) is found lacking by some in the face of problems that call for a customer/user focus, adaptable technical and social designs, and solutions where training is impractical or unaffordable. This paper outlines an alternative model based on the socio-technical paradigm, which suggests a better match to a growing number of problems in ID. From a socio-technical perspective, the purpose of design and development is to support human behavior, not to create an innovation. Organizations are composed of people using technology to perform work practices in a particular environment. Each component is integrally tied to the other, and technology is not predominant. Prototype versions of proposed socio-technical solutions are for the purpose of evaluating and refining specifications. Development, conducted by a cross-functional team of people with a stake in success, is not a one-time event focusing on technology, but a process of activity, product, and evaluation output. Seven phases of ID are proposed, with an evolutionary rather than revolutionary approach. Six figures are appended. (Contains 4 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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