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First Principles of Instruction

M. David Merrill reviewed instructional design theories to identify common principles. He devised the following five principles.

  1. Learning is promoted when learners are engaged in solving real-world problems.
  2. Learning is promoted when existing knowledge is activated as a foundation for new knowledge.
  3. Learning is promoted when new knowledge is demonstrated to the learner.
  4. Learning is promoted when new knowledge is applied by the learner.
  5. Learning is promoted when new knowledge is integrated into the learner’s world.

First Principles of Instruction by M. David Merrill

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What are the 5 principles of instruction?

Merrill proposed learning is promoted when instruction:

  1. Is problem-centred.
  2. Activates existing knowledge.
  3. Includes demonstrations.
  4. Provides opportunities for application.
  5. Supports integration into the real world.

What are the first principles of education?

  1. David Merrill reviewed instructional design theories to identify common principles. He devised the following five principles.
  2. Learning is promoted when learners are engaged in solving real-world problems.
  3. Learning is promoted when existing knowledge is activated as a foundation for new knowledge.
  4. Learning is promoted when new knowledge is demonstrated to the learner.
  5. Learning is promoted when new knowledge is applied by the learner.
  6. Learning is promoted when new knowledge is integrated into the learner’s world.

What is the goal of Merrill’s principles of instruction?

The goal of Merrill’s principles of instruction is to provide five principles that can be applied when designing any program or practice to achieve effective and efficient instruction. Merrill established these principles by studying various instructional design theories and models to identify a number of principles common to each.

What are instructional principles?

Instructional design principles are used to guide the creation of effective, engaging and efficient learning solutions. Merrill’s first principles of instruction can be applied when designing any program or practice to increase learning.

What are the five phases or components of Merrill’s first principles of instruction?

The five components of Merrill’s first principles of instruction are:

  1. Problem-centred
  2. Activation
  3. Demonstration
  4. Application
  5. Integration

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