# Designing Learning Environments That Support Thinking: The Jasper Series as a Case Study

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Most instructional design efforts involve a minimum of four components; namely, a specification of (a) the goals to be met, (b) materials to be used, (c) teaching strategies to be employed and (d) items and procedures for assessment. These components seem to be important for any domain of instruction imaginable. Specific curricula involve specific values for each of the four components of instruction. Thus, curriculum designers often specify in great detail the goals, materials, teaching procedures and assessments. The strength of such well-specified efforts is that they make a complete curriculum package that is relatively easy to implement and evaluate. There is also a potential problem with such efforts. The more complete the specification of the values for each instructional component, the less inclined teachers may be to map into the unique features of particular students and communities.

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