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Behavioral Objectives

Behavioral objectives, learning objectives, instructional objectives, and performance objectives are terms that refer to descriptions of observable student behavior or performance that are used to make judgments about learning.  At some point, almost every teacher, especially new teachers and teacher education students, must learn to write these types of objectives. Such objectives are referred to as behavioral objectives. Acquiring this skill is something of a rite of passage in the process of becoming a teacher, yet it is a skill that requires practice, feedback, and experience.   The emphasis on, and attention paid to behavioral objectives has varied  as different ideas change about how best to express instructional intent.  Any skill is learned more effectively if the learner understands the reason for learning and practicing it. Learning to compose behavioral objectives is not exception.

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