Western Kentucky University

School of Teacher Education

Writing Instructional Objectives


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.


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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