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ERIC Number: ED409865
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 5
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The Dimensions and Impact of Alternative Views of Theory and Instructional Design.
Richey, Rita C.
This paper suggests the need for a broader conceptualization of both instructional design and of instructional design theory, suggesting that this broader view is necessary to establish a truly comprehensive and functional theory base. Theories come in many forms: they can be formal systems of laws and propositions, narrative explanations and predictions, or models which are either verbal, visual or mathematical. The parameters established for design impact the nature and scope of the corresponding design theory; some see design as a planning process while others include content selection and instructional management. The author distinguishes between macro-design models and theory (Instructional Systems Design models describing the entire design project) and micro-design models and theory (lesson design models). Macro-design primarily reflects the primary influence of psychological, instructional, communications and audio-visual theory. Problems in balancing the two may not be so much conflicting definitions of instructional design, but rather conflicting conceptions of the design knowledge base. (Contains 24 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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