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Theory into Practice: A Bridge Too Far?

, IUPUI, United States

AACE Journal Volume 14, Number 3, ISSN 1065-6901 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


This article proposes a research agenda that addresses the gap between theory and practice in the area of instructional theory. It reflects the beliefs of this writer and attempts to address current issues in the field of instructional technology. Citing the limited literature that currently exists, the purpose of this article is to bring to the forefront the need for research in the area of the application of instructional theories. Although many theories abound, this article mentions a few of the most prominent instructional theories in vogue today. Instructional theory is of crucial importance and should guide both research and practice. To present a thorough research agenda it is important to consider the following: (a) a glimpse of past research initiatives; (b) a systematic methodology that would guide research; and (c) questions that should be pursued to address the apparent gap between theory and practice.


Defazio, J. (2006). Theory into Practice: A Bridge Too Far?. AACE Journal, 14(3), 221-233. Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 23, 2019 from .



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