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Term “didactics” becoming a little bit more popular among US scientists.

Donna Alvermann, Athens, USA:
An article in the June/July 2009 issue of Educational Researcher titled "Design Tools in Didactical Research: Instrumenting the Epistemological and Cognitive Aspects of the Design of Teaching Sequences" caught my attention because of the word didactics (or at least a derivative of that word).


The authors, four scholars from the U.K. and France, refer to didactical design as the study of “learning environments and teaching sequences informed by close analysis of [a] specific topic of concern and its framing within a particular subject area” (p. 329). That definition is well within the lexicon of U. S. researchers who use design research as a methodology. It carries none of the “baggage” associated with didactic, meaning a tendency to lecture in a moralistic manner, which is typically viewed negatively in the U. S. The opportunity to change my mind about the usefulness of a word that I have shunned in the past is indicative of what can happen with increased flows of information across "borders." That’s what AliNet is all about, isn’t it?