Best Practice in designing interactive, on-line materials in Home Economics for second level students in Ireland
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AbstractAs the winds of change penetrate the very roots of information technology, instructional technology is now being defined as " a complex, integrated process involving people, procedures, ideas, devices, and organisation for analysing problems, and devising, implementing, evaluating, and managing solutions to these problems, in institutions in which learning is purposive and controlled" (AECT, 1996). As instructional technology continues to reinvent itself, such transformation demands "a bridge among ideas, disciplines, people, texts, processes...contexts, educational purposes and outcomes, theory and praxis" (Semali & Pailliotet, 1999). Many traditional teaching and learning methodologies which are found effective need to be re-examined within this new context. These beliefs are put to the test in the design and implementation of an on-line learning environment, from the perspective of best practice in second level classrooms with reference to the Home Economics Curriculum in Ireland.