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Richard Hake

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What's the Meaning of 'Direct Instruction'?
Posted: Mar 16, 2012 6:44 PM
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Some subscribers to MathEdCC might be interested in "What's the
Meaning of 'Direct Instruction'? " [Hake (2012b). The abstract reads:

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ABSTRACT: In my post "Re: Khan's Video Lectures on Acceleration and
Newton's Second Law" [Hake (2012a) at <http://bit.ly/AiO4oY>], I
quoted Domenico Rosa's statement: "All the hits that Khan's videos
are getting are indicative of the hunger for direct instruction."

In response, Physoc's Jim Huddle asked "What is 'direct instruction'? "

In "Language Ambiguities in Education Research" [Hake (2008) at
<http://bit.ly/bHTebD>] I listed four different meanings for "direct
instruction" commonly found in the educational literature," that of:

1. the "Mathematically Correct Science Corner" at
<http://bit.ly/bfzdZS>: drill and practice, non-hands-on, teach 'em
the facts;

2. Physics Education Researchers: traditional *passive-student*
lectures, recipe labs, and algorithmic problem sets;

3. Klahr & Nigam (2004): "the goals, materials, examples,
explanations, and pace of instruction are all teacher controlled, but
in which *hands-on activities are featured* (K&N call this *extreme*
direct instruction);

4. Association Of Direct Instruction [ADI (2004)]: (a) teaching by
telling (as contrasted by teaching by implying), or (b) instructional
techniques based on choral responses, homogeneous grouping, signals,
and other proven instructional techniques, or (c) specific programs
designed by Siegfried Engelmann and his staff.

Domenico Rosa was probably using "direct instruction" as defined in
"1" above (please correct me if I'm wrong).
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REFERENCES [URL's shortened by http://bit.ly/ and accessed on 16 March 2012.]
Hake, R.R. 2012a. "Re: Khan's Video Lectures on Acceleration and
Newton's Second Law," on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at
<http://bit.ly/yPSjFE>. Post of 16 Mar 2012 09:11:07-0700 to AERA-L
and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are also
being transmitted to several discussion lists and are on my blog
"Hake'sEdStuff" at <http://bit.ly/wEdup7> with a provision for
comments.

Hake, R.R. 2012b. "What's the Meaning of 'Direct Instruction'? " on
the OPEN! AERA-L archives at <http://bit.ly/FOp16Y>. Post of 16 Mar
2012 13:59:51-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to
the complete post are also being transmitted to several discussion
lists and are on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at <http://bit.ly/znXSXn>
with a provision for comments.



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