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ERIC Number: ED378954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Feb-8
Pages: 10
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Expanding Instructional Technology's Foundation of Conceptual Theory.
Richey, Rita C.
Sound practice requires sound theory, and if instructional technology is to mature either as a field or a profession, theory that not only speaks to those problems unique to the field, but is also conceptually sound is required. Instructional technology, though having a practical focus, must build conceptual theory bases rather than relying primarily upon the use of procedural models. This position implies: (1) expanding our knowledge base by addressing processes, variables, and outcomes previously not studied in a systematic fashion; (2) constructing theory in many formats in addition to that of a procedural model; and (3) establishing an empirical foundation for and validation of those procedural models that currently serve as theory. The discussion includes an introduction to the nature of conceptual theory; techniques for the expansion of conceptual theory base in information technology; and validation of the field's existing procedural models. (Contains 25 references.) (MAS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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