Is holistic design approach a solution to the existing problems in the field of education?  I believe, the success of this approach is based upon the user settings and ultimate implementation strategies.

Introduction

Jeroen van Merrienboer’s four component instructional design (4C/ID) model is an example of holistic instructional design model. The Holistic design model proposes a solution for the existing problems in the field of education such as compartmentalization, fragmentation, and the transfer paradox. Firstly, to solve the problems of compartmentalization, the author

Four Component Instructional Design Model (4C/ID)
Four Component Instructional Design Model (4C/ID) – Modified figure.

argues for the implementation of whole task which is based on the real-time experience. Secondly, the author advocates the scaffolding of whole task performance; a move from single to integrated objectives to solve the problems of fragmentation. Finally the author proposes a solution for the transfer paradox by mathemagenic methods; a shift from teaching for test to teaching for transfer (Reiser and Dempesy, 2007, p.73). However, I believe the success of this approach is based upon the user setting and final implementation of strategies. The following paragraph analyzes the above three solutions and reveals the weaknesses of the assumptions of the solutions.

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