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The Instructional Design Knowledge Base

Theory, Research, and Practice, 1st Edition

By Rita C. Richey, James D. Klein, Monica W. Tracey


240 pages

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The Instructional Design Knowledge Base: Theory, Research and Practice provides ID professionals and students at all levels with a comprehensive exploration of the theories and research that serve as a foundation for current and emerging ID practice. This book offers both current and classic interpretations of theory from a range of disciplines and approaches. It encompasses general systems, communication, learning, early instructional, media, conditions-based, constructivist design and performance-improvement theories.

Features include:

  • rich representations of the ID literature
  • concise theory summaries
  • specific examples of how theory is applied to practice
  • recommendations for future research
  • a glossary of related terms
  • a comprehensive list of references.

A perfect resource for instructional design and technology doctoral, masters and educational specialist certificate programs, The Instructional Design Knowledge Base provides students and scholars with a comprehensive background for ID practice and a foundation for future ID thinking.


Winner of the 2012 Brown Outstanding Book Award

"This volume offers a comprehensive review and summary of the various theories that have informed instructional design over the years….The book is well written and organized, and it may well become a classic reference work….The up-to-date treatments of foundation theories and the discussion of their interrelationships and impact on instructional design are not to be found in any other single volume, which makes this an important resource for instructional design researchers and practitioners."—Educational Technology

Table of Contents

List of Tables

List of Figures



1. The Dimensions of an Instructional Design Knowledge Base

2. General Systems Theory

3. Communication 4. Learning Theory

5. Early Instructional Theory

6. Media Theory

7. Conditions-Based Theory

8. Constructivist Design Theory

9. Performance Improvement Theory

10. A Taxonomy of the ID Knowledge Base

Glossary of Terms


About the Authors

Rita C. Richey is Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology at Wayne State University.

James D. Klein is Professor of Educational Technology at Arizona State University.

Monica W. Tracey is an Associate Professor of Instructional Technology at Wayne State University.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Psychology
EDUCATION / Computers & Technology