- Yale, A.B. 1937
- Brown, Ph.D. 1940
- Professor, Connecticut College (1940-49)
- Professor, Penn State University (1945-46)
- Director of Perceptual and Motor Skills Laboratory, U.S. Air Force (1949-58)
- Professor, Florida State University (present)
Major Contributions to Instructional Development
- co-developer of "Instructional Systems Design"
- wrote The Conditions of Learning, 1965
- co-wrote Principles of Instructional Design
Findings, Research, Studies
Although Gagne's earlier work reflected behaviorist thought, he is considered to be
an experimental psychologist who is concerned with learning and instruction. In 1965, Gagne published The Conditions of Learning
which outlined the relation of learning objectives to appropriate instructional designs. Gagne identifies five categories of learning:
Taxonomy of Learning Outcomes
Critical Learning Conditions
|Stating previously learned materials such as facts, concepts, principles,
and procedures, e.g., listing the seven major symptoms of cancer
- Draw attention to distinctive features by variations in print or speech.
- Present information so that it can be made into chunks.
- Provide a meaningful context for effective encoding of information.
- Provide cues for effective recall and generalization of information.
Intellectual Skills: Discriminations, Concrete Concepts,
Defined Concepts, Rules, Higher Order Rules
Discriminations: Distinguishing objects, features, or symbols, e.g., hearing
different pitches played on a musical instrument
Concrete Concepts: Identifying classes of concrete objects, features, or events,
e.g., picking out all the green M&Ms from the candy jar
Defined Concepts: classifying new examples of events or ideas by their definition,
e.g., noting "she sells sea shells" as alliteration
Rules: Applying a single relationship to solve a class of problems, e.g., calculating
the earned run averages (ERA) of the Atlanta Braves
Higher Order Rules: Applying a new combination of rules to solve a complex problem,
e.g., generating a balanced budget for a state organization
- Call attention to distinctive features.
- Stay within the limits of working memory.
- Stimulate the recall of previously learned component skills.
- Present verbal cues to the ordering or combination of component skills.
- Schedule occasions for practice and spaced review.
- Use a variety of contexts to promote transfer.
|Employing personal ways to guide learning, thinking, acting, and feeling,
e.g., devising a corporate plan to improve customer relations
- Describe or demonstrate the strategy.
- Provide a variety of occasions for practice using the strategy.
- Provide informative feedback as to the creativity or originality of the strategy
|Choosing personal actions based on internal states of understanding
and feeling, e.g., deciding to exercise daily as a part of preventive health care
- Establish an expectancy of success associated with the desired attitude.
- Assure student identification with an admired human model.
- Arrange for communication or demonstration of choice of personal action.
- Give feedback for successful performance; or allow observation of feedback
in the human model.
|Executing performances involving the use muscles, e.g., doing a triple
somersault dive off the high board
- Present verbal or other guidance to cue the executive subroutine.
- Arrange repeated practice.
- Furnish immediate feedback as to the accuracy of performance.
- Encourage the use of mental practice.
Information from: Driscoll, M.(1991) Psychology of Learning for Instruction.
Allyn and Bacon.
Gagne's idea is tied to Skinner's idea of sequenced learning events as displayed in
his Nine Events of Instruction. The table below shows Gagne's events of instruction and an example lesson that follows it.
Example Lesson: Be Inspired Using Kidspiration
Objective: Students will learn how to use the Kidspiration multimedia software program to create a diagram.
Note: This lesson is geared for K-5 teachers with basic computer skills.
|Event of Instruction
|1. Gaining Attention
Teacher tells learners how she has used Kidspiration in the classroom.
Shows an example diagram made using Kidspiration on projection screen/TV monitor.
Asks learners questions about diagramming.
Giving background information creates validity.
The use of multimedia grabs the audience's attention.
Asking questions in the beginning creates an interactive atmosphere.
|2. Informing the Learner of the Objective
||Teacher says, "Today I am going to show you how to use a multimedia
presentation software called Kidspiration."
||Make learners aware of what to expect so that they are aware and prepared
to receive information.
|3. Stimulating Recall of Prior Learning
||For this particular group of learners, they have learned previously
about Mind Mapping and Schemata. Teacher associates this knowledge with lesson at hand.
||When learning something new, accessing prior knowledge is a major
factor in the process of acquiring new information.
|4. Presenting the Stimulus
students step-by-step tutorial on using Kidspiration.
(My eCoach Kidspiration Guide) and has installed Kidspiration
software on their computers.
||The goal is information acquisition, therefore, the stimulus employed
is written content and the actual software program.
|5. Providing Learner Guidance
Teacher demonstrates how to create a diagram on the video projection screen/TV
monitor. Teacher shows students how to use Kidspiration tools to type in text, add links, add symbols, use sounds, etc.
Learners are allowed to try the tools demonstrated in partners on their computers.
|Teacher uses "discovery learning" because learners are adults
and it gives them the freedom to explore. Teacher facilitates the learning process by giving hints and cues when needed. Since
the audience are teachers with some basic level of technology skills and the software program is easy to follow and understand,
guidance is minimal.
|6. Eliciting Performance
||Teacher asks students to demonstrate Kidspiration tools.
||Requiring the learner to produce based on what has been taught enables
the learner to confirm their learning.
|7. Giving Feedback
||Teacher gives immediate feedback to learners after eliciting responses.
||Regular feedback enhances learning.
|8. Assessing Performance
||Assign a practice activity - Create a diagram that focuses on Farm
Teacher checks work.
|Independent practice forces students to use what they learned and
apply it. Assessing such gives instructors a means of testing student learning outcomes.
|9. Enhancing Retention and Transfer
||Teacher asks learners to create activities using Kidspiration for
2nd grade students.
Teacher also charges learner with teaching another learner how to use Kidspiration.
|Applying learning in real-life situations is a step towards Mastery
Conditions of Learning: Gagne
Robert Gagne's Instructional Design Approach
Driscoll, M.(1991) Psychology of Learning for Instruction: Allyn and Bacon.