Practice in Analyzing Faultless Communications
The best way to learn how to analyze communication is to do it, so let's
try some practice. Below you will find four sets of items. Each set
of items comprises a "communication." Some items in the
sets are examples and some are non-examples. The positive examples
will be labeled with a plus ("+") and non-examples
(negative examples) will be designated with a minus signal ("-").
Your task is to consider the set and to answer questions regarding whether
the set meets the criteria for faultless communication.
- Before you start this exercise you should be aware that the Internet media
we are using necessarily restricts the nature of the concepts we can
present. All of the concepts are going to be restricted to those
that can be displayed as 2-dimensional visual stimuli. We are also
going to keep the concepts simple.
- Furthermore, instruction normally would involve a test of generalization.
However, for the purpose of this exercise we have limited our sets
to the examples and non-examples.
- As you will learn later, Direct Instruction usually involves a
carefully designed sequence of items that are presented by the
teacher one after the other. To mimic sequential instruction in
this exercise, work from left to right with the items.