If you’re trying to learn about Direct Instruction…

…by reading Engelmann’s mighty tome, then this might help.

DI Knowledge Structure

Click, for hi-res PDF

 

It shows the relationship between maybe… 65% of the high-level content, which isn’t a bad start.

In the literature:

  • Fuzzagorical  ->  Nouns
  • Categorical     ->  Non-Comparatives
  • Comparative  ->  Single Dimension Comparatives

 

Types of Knowledge is in inverted commas because that’s both a helpful (and accurate), and a misleading way of thinking about those categories, depending on a bunch of things that this isn’t the place for.

 

Also, while I think correlated-feature concepts are largely understood by change, I can think of examples where the sequence is useful for communicating concepts that are definitely categorical… so I’m leaving the grouping as it is on the diagram, for now, with that caveat.

 

And of course, if you’d like to learn more about Englemann’s Direct Instruction Programme before / without reading The Mighty Tome, then this is a great place to start.

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About Kris Boulton

Teach First 2011 maths teacher, focussed on curriculum design.
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