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Instructional Design Model

A Recursive, Reflective Instructional Design Model Based on Constructivist-Interpretivist Theory - Jerry Willis, Contributing Editor. Instructional Design Model: In the educational technology literature the term instructional design model has so many meanings that its use has little purpose without further elaboration.

Instructional Design Model roughly refers to the field called educational technology in this article. Instructional Design Model is used to describe the practice of educational technology from a theoretical perspective such as behaviorism.

Instructional Design Model may also be the term indicating the components that should be included in an Instructional Design Model package. The phrase Instructional Design Model has also been used to indicate particular model or theory that can guide the design of instruction.

Instructional design refers to the process of designing materials, and the term instructional design model refers to a model or theory that can guide the instructional design process.

Many instructional design models have been proposed The great majority of the Instructional Design Models currently available are based on social science theories from the behavioral family defined to include information processing and cognitive science theories that "break down" content to be taught.

There are real differences within the behavioral family of theories. This paper lays the foundation for an alternative instructional design model based on social science theories from the constructivist family and on an interpretivist philosophy of science. These two families have radically different answers to two fundamental questions, and those answers are the reason for many of the differences between a behavioral-empirical instructional design model and a constructive-interpretive Instructional Design model.