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Writing Instructional Objectives

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Differences between Goals And Objectives

Goals Instructional Objectives
Broad Narrow
General intentions Precise
Intangible Tangible
Abstract Concrete, specific
can't be validated as is Can be validated
Describes a real-world (performance) context outside of the learning situation Describes a context within the learning situation

From the above chart of differences between goals and objectives, you can see why objectives are more suited for planning assessment, learning, and instruction.

Examples:

Goal: To know about the human body.
Objective: On a written exam the student will be able to name all of the bones in the human body as stated in the medical textbook "The Human Body" with 90% accuracy.

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 Last Modified 9/25/14