THE DERIVATION, ANALYSIS, AND CLASSIFICATION OF INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE
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An examination of the methods, terms, and criteria associated with the determination of student performance objectives was made in order to synthesize and apply the relatively new developments in Human Factors research on this subject. Educational and training research literature on the subject was examined to identify procedures currently being used or proposed. A survey of eight Army service schools was conducted to determine procedures employed by instructional personnel in determining course content. On the basis of data obtained, important problems arising in connection with the development of objectives are identified and analyzed. A system for analyzing instructional objectives by identifying factors that influence their meaningfulness and usefulness was developed. Types of student performance objectives are listed, and a classification scheme for terminal objectives is suggested. The classification is based on five factors on which a statement of an objective may vary, affecting the nature of the student action description and the communicability of the statement itself. The variety of terms associated with objectives are discussed.
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