Research Paper Title
Historical Reflection on Learning Theories and Instructional Design.
Employing his research and practical experience in the field of educational psychology, with a specialty in instructional design and technology, Robert Tennyson (University of Minnesota, USA) reflects on the theoretical foundations of instructional design.
Tennyson’s purpose is to show the growth of the field through theories associated with learning psychology and educational technology, whilst also stating that both human psychology and technology are the main foundations for instructional psychology.
Evaluation and assessment continue to be integral to the field but more in the form of tools. Included is Tennnyson’s view of the field in reference to work he and his colleagues have done in what he labels as a linking theory of instructional design. That is, linking learning theory directly with research findings and practice he argues that educators need to clearly propose and define their own theoretical foundations when engaging in the design of effective learning environments.
Tennyson, R.D. (2010) Historical Reflection on Learning Theories and Instructional Design. Contemporary Educational Technology. 1(1), p.1-16.