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.