chapter  11
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Design Within the Content Layer

Teachers need a clearer idea of what they are about. It needs to start with a clear idea of what it is that the student is supposed to understand.

—(Carl Bereiter, 2002, p. 126)

Th e value of considering the content layer apart from other layers is readily apparent to a simulation designer. With that type of design problem the designer loses a familiar and comfortable design backbone that most designers depend on without even realizing it: the narrative verbalization-the instructional monologue-which so oft en is used as the central structuring thread of an instructional design.