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ERIC Number: ED378948
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Feb-8
Pages: 37
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Classification Theory, Taxonomic Issues, and the 1994 Definition of Instructional Technology.
Seels, Barbara
The implications of the 1994 Seels and Richey domain structure for instructional technology (IT) conceptual theory and classification systems, in general, for theory construction are explored. The historical evolution of domains in definitions of the field, the formulation of theory, the nature of taxonomies, the role of conceptual frameworks and theoretical systems, and the development of classification systems in IT with seven examples are discussed. It is concluded that without a taxonomic structure, it is impossible to progress towards conceptual frameworks or theoretical systems. The following recommendations are made to insure that 1994 definitional theory will meet the criteria of significance and usefulness: (1) sponsor an Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) invitational symposium to address reactions to the domains, relationships between them, and taxonomic issues; (2) continue the relationship with Professors in Instructional Design to explore taxonomic issues; (3) arrange divisional discussions concerning domains and taxonomic development; (4) identify research needs and pursue through integrative research reviews, cognitive mapping, or descriptive research; and (5) practitioners with domain expertise should pursue taxonomic issues. Five illustrative figures are included. (Contains 65 references.) (MAS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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