03/30/06  (susheyer)  [1 Comments]

Hokanson & Hooper: Taxonomy of Instructional Design

I reviewed Hokanson & Hooper's paper because it is relevant to my dissertation topic, where I create a taxonomic schema for pedagogical methods, especially ones that relate to the use of media. The approach that Hokanson & Hooper took is laudable. It is even more praiseworthy if we consider as they state themselves that there is no such thing as a taxonomy for instructional methods thus far. The paper is definitely worth a read. However, their taxonomy reminds me very much of Bloom's taxonomy. My impression is that they stayed too close to the popular role model. Also, I believe that a one-dimensional taxonomy as proposed by Hokanson & Hooper is not enough to describe a system for instructional methods that ought to cover multiple facets of learning, such as collaboration, affection, cognition as well as distance learning. Finally, I think within their taxonomy they mixed several layers, meaning the granularity of the levels differs. A taxonomy for instructional methods, however, should provide rules for creating single layers as well as for differentiating between layers of different granularity (see Michael Polanyi's theory of ontological stratification for further information).

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Vom 10/19/12
I have been learning giuatr for 18 months now. I have taken 17 weeks of live lessons and have about 4 DVD videos including this one. The DVD is ok but slow and boaring. The DVD starts out with learning the basic cords. I can't imagine anyone getting through this. They assume you are going to practice strumming these cords for a few weeks before going on . . . hello? I would suggest learning a few of the cords, like G, C and D7. Then they show you a strumming exercise (after the last cord) to practice, that at least sounds like something. I would do that. They also don't show you any songs which really bites. There are many simple rock classics that most people will know that you can play with a knowledge of very few cords, Yellow Submarine, House of the Rising Sun, etc . . . For me I couldn't just sit down and practice fingering cords for 3 weeks before hearing something or playing something. After that point this video gets better than most . . they take you through 2 of the pentatonic scales which is huge and very helpful. Then they show you how to use these in conjunction with the strumming exercise. They get high points for this . . nicely done. One thing that would help greatly here is tabs for the pentatonic riffs.They also present some music theory in that they cover the 1,4,5, cord progressions. Another very nice thing.Anyway they cover a lot of ground but my biggest issue with this video is the lack of playing any songs early on to help you learn cord changes. One other big draw back is the lack of a split screen to sho you the strumming he is doing. He does a couple of nifty little strumming things that you really can't see what it is he is doing. They should have a split screen for this.They do show you a little of a lot of things that should be a pretty good intro. I bought this video when I first started to learn to play and I could not use it much. After about 12 months of practice and learning and some live giuatr lessons this video is now more helpful than when I started.I do recommend buying it because the cost of this video relative to lessons is NOTHING. You get several lessons that you can watch again and again. You can't beat that value.