Journal of Behavioral Education

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 235–251 | Cite as

Programmed instruction: What it is and how to do it

  • Ernest A. Vargas
  • Julie S. Vargas


Five behaviorological features of programmed instruction are outlined: behavioral objectives, reinforcement, activity rate: high and relevant, successive approximation, and mastery progression. Each of these topics is explained, and examples are given to illustrate the differences between programmed instruction and the more common ‘transmission’ model of teaching. A final section provides suggestions on specific techniques of successive approximation.

Key words

behaviorology instructional design programmed instruction successive approximation verbal behavior 


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ernest A. Vargas
    • 1
  • Julie S. Vargas
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of FoundationsUniversity of West VirginiaMorgantown

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