Accession Number:

AD0744649

Title:

Ingredients for a Theory of Instruction.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

STANFORD UNIV CALIF INST FOR MATHEMATICAL STUDIES IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1972-06-26

Pagination or Media Count:

37.0

Abstract:

The requirements for a theory of instruction are discussed and summarized in the following list of criteria a model of the learning process specification of admissible instructional actions specification of instructional objectives a measurement scale that permits costs to be assigned to each of the instructional actions and payoffs to the achievement of instructional objectives. If these four elements can be given a precise interpretation, then in general it is possible to derive optimal instructional strategies. Two examples involving the derivation of optimal strategies are considered. One deals with the development of a computer-assisted instruction program for teaching initial reading in the early grades the second example deals with learning a foreign-language vocabulary. In both cases, analyses based on control theoretic principles proved to be highly advantageous. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE