Educational Technology Research and Development

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 63-79

First online:

A critical review of elaboration theory

  • Brent WilsonAffiliated withUniversity of Colorado at Denver
  • , Peggy ColeAffiliated withUniversity of Colorado at Denver

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In this article the authors examine elaboration theory (ET), a model for sequencing and organizing courses which was developed by Charles Reigeluth and associates in the late 1970s. The purpose of the article is to offer a critique of ET based on recent cognitive research and to offer suggestions for updating the model to reflect new knowledge.

Commentary by Charles Reigeluth follows this article.