1st Edition

Instructional-Design Theories and Models, Volume III Building a Common Knowledge Base

Edited By Charles M. Reigeluth, Alison A. Carr-Chellman Copyright 2009

    Instructional-Design Theories and Models, Volume III: Building a Common Knowledge Base is perhaps best described by its new subtitle. Whereas Volume II sought to comprehensively review the proliferating theories and models of instruction of the 1980’s and 1990’s, Volume III takes on an even more daunting task: starting to build a common knowledge base that underlies and supports the vast array of instructional theories, models and strategies that constitute the field of Instructional Design. Unit I describes the need for a common knowledge base, offers some universal principles of instruction, and addresses the need for variation and detailed guidance when implementing the universal principles. Unit II describes how the universal principles apply to some major approaches to instruction such as direct instruction or problem-based instruction. Unit III describes how to apply the universal principles to some major types of learning such as understandings and skills. Unit IV provides a deeper understanding of instructional theory using the structural layers of a house as its metaphor and discusses instructional theory in the broader context of paradigm change in education.


    1. Understanding Instructional Theory, Charles M. Reigeluth & Alison Carr-Chellman

    2. Understanding Instruction, Charles M. Reigeluth & John B. Keller

    3. First Principles of Instruction, M. David Merrill

    4. Situational Principles of Instruction, Charles M. Reigeluth & Alison Carr-Chellman


    5. Direct Approach to Instruction, William G. Huitt, David M. Monetti, & John H. Hummel

    6. Discussion Approach to Instruction, Joyce Taylor Gibson

    7. Experiential Approach to Instruction, Lee Lindsey & Nancy Berger

    8. Problem-Based Approach to Instruction, John R. Savery

    9. Simulation Approach to Instruction, Andrew S. Gibbons, Mark McConkie, Kay Kyeongju Seo, & David Wiley

    UNIT 3: Theories for Different Outcomes of Instruction

    10. Fostering Skill Development Outcomes, Alexander Romiszowski

    11. Fostering Understanding Outcomes, Martha Stone Wiske & Brian J. Beatty

    12. Fostering Affective Development Outcomes: Emotional Intelligence, Barbara Bichelmeyer, James Marken, Tamara Harris, Melanie Misanchuk, & Emily Hixon

    13. Fostering Integrated Learning Outcomes across Domains, Brian J. Beatty


    14. The Architecture of Instructional Theory, Andrew S. Gibbons & P. Clint Rogers

    15. Domain Theory for Instruction: Mapping Attainments to Enable Learner-Centered Education, C. Victor Bunderson, David A. Wiley, & Reo McBride

    16. Learning Objects and Instructional Theory, David A. Wiley

    17. Theory Building, Charles M. Reigeluth & Yun-Jo An

    18. Instructional Theory for Education in the Information Age, Charles M. Reigeluth

    Author Index

    Subject Index


    Charles M. Reigeluth is a Professor in the Instructional Systems Technology department at Indiana University.

    Alison A. Carr-Chellman is a Professor of Education (Instructional Systems) in the Learning and Performance Systems department at The Pennsylvania State University.

    Winner of the 2011 AECT Foundation James W. Brown Publication Award

    "A major strength of these volumes lies in the organization and presentation of the ideas they contain...A source book, these volumes could continue to provide novice and experienced teachers valuable, theoretical supports as they design instruction to address specific student-defined instructional needs."--Education Review, September 2009

    "…one of the most thought-provoking academic works on the leading instructional-design paradigm in educational technology (ET) and beyond…This book is well structured and almost seamless."--British Journal of Educational Technology, 2009

    "Reigeluth...brings together an impressive collection of theorists and practitioners...to update earlier perspectives on the design of instruction by sharing the results of their research and theory building."--Educational Technology & Society, 13 (2), 219-221, 2010

    "This is a valuable book that will especially appeal to those interested in what is one of the most fundamental questions in education, namely, how can teachers and instructors help people to learn better?"--Teaching Theology and Religion