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Unformatted text preview: om and laboratory studies have
supported the effectiveness of teacher-directed instruction, particularly if teachers
are sensitive diagnosticians of students’ learning needs, and adjust how they teach
to the needs of their learners (Weinert & Helmke, 1995). If students need to learn
well-defined skills and information efficiently, and they have limited background
knowledge, then direct instruction is a useful instructional strategy (Rosenshine &
Stevens, 1986). This is how Sally Porter uses direct instruction.
• “I don’t like to use a lot of direct instruction, but it is useful
sometimes. I use it when my students lack background knowledge for
something they will be researching or experimenting with in class. It
allows me to make sure that all students have the knowledge they will
need to be successful researchers.”
Information-Processing and Technology The development of cognitive learning theories and advances in
technology have historically been closely related. For example, the advent of the
computer served as a useful concrete model f...
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This document was uploaded on 03/29/2014 for the course EPS 324 at N. Arizona.
- Spring '08