Educational Technology Research and Development

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 63–79

A critical review of elaboration theory

  • Brent Wilson
  • Peggy Cole

DOI: 10.1007/BF02296843

Cite this article as:
Wilson, B. & Cole, P. ETR&D (1992) 40: 63. doi:10.1007/BF02296843


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.

Copyright information

© Association for Educational Communications and Technology 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brent Wilson
    • 1
  • Peggy Cole
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Colorado at DenverDenver

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