A Guide to Programmed Instruction

A Guide to Programmed Instruction

A Guide to Programmed Instruction

A Guide to Programmed Instruction

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Shortly after this century passed the half-way mark, followers of educational research and industrial training began to observe a new educational star. At first sight, it seemed entirely new; actually, it was nothing of the sort. What drew attention was a novel method of learning that had emerged logically from teaching processes evolving since the glorious days of Greece-and perhaps before. This method was programmed learning, and it was beginning to come of age. To those whose mission was to direct others to knowledge, its potentiality was much too promising to be ignored.

Many of those engaged in the instruction of their fellow men responded to the opportunities that programmed learning afforded, among them the authors of this book. Prodded by our professional and personal curiosity, each of us began on his own to develop by trial and error programs of teaching materials built on this newest pedagogical technique. As each-one a professor interested in educational research and the other a specialist in industrial training-faced the necessity of instructing graduate students, teachers, or industrial trainers to construct such programs, he refined his initial procedure and perfected the attitudes, skills, and body of knowledge that would prove helpful to those wishing to program materials for learning. Eventually we fused our individual experiences into one cooperative effort.

Out of this venture came what we believe was the first college . . .

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