Title page for ETD etd-11112008-104421

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Zaldivar, Marc Robert
Author's Email Address marcz@vt.edu
URN etd-11112008-104421
Title Blending cognitive rule-based, process-based, and context-based theories in the development of online grammar instruction
Degree PhD
Department Teaching and Learning
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Lockee, Barbara B. Committee Chair
Moore, David Michael Committee Member
Potter, Kenneth R. Committee Member
Wildman, Terry M. Committee Member
  • instructional design
  • cognitive theory
  • cognitive grammar
  • online language learning
  • computer-assisted language learning
Date of Defense 2008-10-28
Availability unrestricted
This study proposes to blend contemporary educational research in order to design an online instructional environment. The goal was to create an environment that would better educate learners about grammar use in higher education, given the complexity of the rule learning that was being asked of them. By blending approaches from tested educational research on cognitive information processing theories, schema theories, and situated cognitive theories in order to determine how language rules are best learned, eight design principles were derived for the instructional environment. A prototype of the environment was then developed. Two series of formative evaluations, one with a group of subject-matter experts (teachers, linguists, and instructional designers) and one with a group of students, were run against the instruction. Overall, it was found that a database-driven website employing user-defined variables to customize the instruction for each individual user was a useful way to achieve the goals of the study.
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