“task-based instruction: An instructional approach that relies on specific activities to teach students the skills and knowledge they need in the ‘real world.’ The curriculum designer or teacher identifies specific needs—such as taking part in a job interview, applying for a credit card, ordering from a menu, or finding one’s way in an unfamiliar city—and builds the daily activities of the classroom around these tasks. See also scientific management; Taylorism.”
Excerpted from: Ravitch, Diane. EdSpeak: A Glossary of Education Terms, Phrases, Buzzwords, and Jargon. Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 2007.