trial and error


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tri·al and er·ror

(triī'ăl er'ōr),
The apparently random, haphazard, hit-or-miss exploratory activity that often precedes the acquisition of new information or adjustments; it may be overt, as in a rat running in a maze, or covert (vicarious), as when one thinks of various ways of coping with a situation.

trial and error

see LEARNING.
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It provides the capabilities for presenting authentic whole texts contextualized by images and other graphics, for trial and error attempts at learning, for branching, for circuitous forms of learning, and for recycling of the material in a myriad of ways.
Additionally, the practical realization that meaningful learning requires some trial and error also is a requisite in OD implementation.
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