Accession Number : AD0782193

Title :   An Axiomatic Theory of Subject Matter Structure.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. Apr 72-Mar 73,


Personal Author(s) : Stelzer,John ; Kingsley,Edward H.

Report Date : JUN 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 76

Abstract : The report can be viewed as a first step toward development of a formal theory of instruction. An axiomatic theory of subject matter structure was formulated, including both content and task components. The subject-matter content is analyzed in terms of constituents and their relations. Underlying the content structure is the task structure that is related to the content position via coordinating relations. The notion of dependency is introduced and investigated. Dependency leads to precedence in an instructional sense and this notion is also discussed. Formal procedures are developed that can be utilized to formulate the complete dependency relationship for particular subject matters. A comprehensive detailed example is developed that serves as a vehicle to illustrate the theoretical concepts, results, and procedures. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Teaching methods, *Courses(Education), Instructors, Students, Instructional materials, Mathematics, Mathematical models, Boolean algebra, Learning

Subject Categories : Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE