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Frank E. Ritter, Josef Nerb, Erno Lehtinen, and Timothy O'Shea

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178845

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178845.001.0001

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Order, First Step to Mastery: An Introduction to Sequencing in Instructional Design

Order, First Step to Mastery: An Introduction to Sequencing in Instructional Design

(p.19) Chapter 2 Order, First Step to Mastery: An Introduction to Sequencing in Instructional Design
In Order to Learn

Charles M. Reigeluth

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an entry point for interested readers into the instructional design literature and introduces issues from this field. It shows how sequence effects relate to instruction and provides some introduction to an important context where order matters. It reviews several of the major instructional design techniques for ordering instructional material, based on the nature of the content and their interrelationships. The chapter describes and discusses useful approaches to ordering material that fit the needs of instructional design in the field. These approaches support the development of new instructional methods beyond the ones presented here, and help validate, illustrate, and teach these design principles. The chapter gives special focus to the Elaboration Theory of Instruction, which provides holistic alternatives to the parts-to-whole sequencing that are quite typical of both education and training, and synthesizes several recent ideas about sequencing instruction into a single coherent framework. The chapter closes with some general guidelines and principles for sequencing, organized by the order in which decisions need to be made.

Keywords:   ordering material, instructional design, Elaboration Theory, sequencing

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