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ERIC Number: EJ865544
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1962
Is Your Design Story Limiting You? Purposefully Perturbing Our Practices through Instructional Design "Mashups"
Honebein, Peter C.; Goldsworthy, Richard C.
Educational Technology, v49 n4 p27-33 Jul-Aug 2009
Instructional designers are trained to choose instructional methods rationally by considering the conditions and outcomes associated with an instructional situation. However, designers come to these situations with their own "design stories" as well. Our design stories, constructed over time through learning and practice, not only provide meaning to what we do but also influence why we might perceive one instructional method as more useful than another. The authors argue that our stories, when blithely followed, can limit us from considering unconventional, creative solutions to instructional problems. To overcome this situation, the authors suggest that designers "mash-up" theory, content, and context in order to "perturb" their practices and create trouble from which innovative instructional solutions can emerge. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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