Smith and Ragan, “Instructional Analysis: Analyzing the Learning Context”

Amongst the most helpful (and orienting) aspect of Chapter 3 was their discussion of the “[t]hree primary models of needs assessment [that] fit different initiating conditions: Problem-Based, Innovation- Based, and Discrepancy-Based” (54). Their “[r]ecommendations for working with an expert” were interesting, to be sure, but was also a little difficult to engage with—not for any failing on the part of the authors, but simply because this part of the process seems so remote me at this point. I also found myself wondering how much of the field changes from year to year. Might this advice even be slightly outdated now?



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