Command Style-A

Develops precision performance — reproducing a predicted response, practice or performance on cue while adhering to a set pace and rhythm.


The defining characteristic of the Command Style is to exactly reproduce and replicate an anticipated response or performance in a short period of time so that the specific Command Style objectives in subject matter and behavior can be developed. Cognitively, the Command Style emphasizes automaticity-an immediate synchronized, orchestrated performance. 

The Anatomy

In the Command Style, the teacher makes the maximum number of decisions in all three sets of the Anatomy while the learner initiates the minimum number of decisions, which is the decision to participate or not to participate. The teacher’s role (T) is to make all decisions in each set of the anatomy. The learner’s role (L) is to reproduce, follow, replicate on cue the teacher’s decisions to achieve a precision performance that follows the cues and pace and rhythm decisions that has been established for replicating the content.

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The Subject Matter Objectives

When the Command Style behavior is achieved, the following objectives in subject matter are emphasized*:

  • To reproduce a model by immediate performance
  • To achieve accuracy and precision of performance
  • To achieve immediate results
  • To achieve a synchronized performance
  • To adhere to a predetermined model
  • To master subject matter skills
  • To perpetuate cultural traditions and rituals
  • To use time efficiently
  • To cover more material
  • Others

The Behavior Objectives

When the Command Style behavior is achieved, the following objectives in behavior are emphasized*:

  • To socialize the individual into the norms of the group
  • To achieve conformity and uniformity
  • To build group identity and pride
  • To enhance the espirit de corps
  • To follow directions on cue
  • To achieve specific aesthetic standards
  • To develop habits and routines
  • To perpetuate cultural traditions, ceremonies, and rituals
  • To control groups or individuals
  • To instill safety procedures
  • To establish the power of the group rather than the individual
  • To adhere to a particular kind of discipline
  • Others

*Not all subject matter and behavior objectives are the focal point in every teaching episode.  The task determines which objectives are the primary focus of the learning experience and which are supporting objectives.

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