This website provides an introduction to writing instructional objectives in the affective, cognitive, and psychomotor domains. Topics covered include the components of a well-written objective, common problems encountered in writing objectives, and the relationship of objectives to assessment. The site defines and differentiates between educational goals and objectives. It also provides multiple examples. A quiz for self-evaluation is also included.
Type of Material:
Use with preservice teachers who need to recognize and write educational objectives in the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains so that they can create lessons and assess their students' learning.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To correctly recognize and write educational objectives in the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains.
Target Student Population:
Preservice teachers in K-12 programs.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
None, although prior knowledge about the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains might be helpful in writing objectives.
This is a good introduction to constructing instructional objectives for teacher candidates. This simple, 6-page website contains basic but important information needed to help preservice teachers learn to define, recognize, and write educational objectives in the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains. The author differentiates between goals and objectives in a manner that is clear and useful for preservice teachers who do not always understand these differences. The examples and metaphors (e.g., goals as the target, objectives as arrows you shoot toward the target) provided throughout are useful and understandable. The self-evaluation quiz provides a quick review and adds a nice interactive element to the website. The information provided about goals, objectives, and the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains follows the ?Goldilocks? principle ? not too little and not too much ? it is just right! In addition it includes useful information about typical problems encountered in the construction of objectives and their solution and an excellent section on how objectives are instrumental in developing valid assessment procedures. It does an excellent job of illustrating the role of objectives in the development of assessment procedures.
We would like to see the site reinforce the importance of instructional goals by listing a set of explicit performance objectives for the site. It would also be helpful to have either more examples or links to other websites that teach the same concepts for those students who want or need another take on this nformation.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This website operates much like a tutorial,
although an instructor could certainly use it as part of a lecture about writing goals and objectives or about the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains. Students in a web-supported or distance learning course should find the presentation of the information clear and unambiguous. A quiz that students can use as a self-check of their comprehension of the material provides a moderate amount of interactivity for the site. The site provides a good analysis of the components of objectives and has a diverse set of examples of well-written objectives.
The content is too brief and the instructional value of the site would be improved by elaborating the content. For example, incomplete, or poorly-written, objectives could be contrasted with the well-written examples along with explanatory material, particularly for the poorly-written objectives. Another example is the self quiz with only 6 items. We would like to see the length of the quiz increased and individual items tied to specific objectives. It would also be useful if the author would add one more page describing how he uses this website in his own teaching ? sort of a Tips for Instructors page.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Makes good use of color to differentiate the parts of a well-written objective. Tables also used effectively to organize information so that it is easy to read. Links all work so it is easy to navigate back and forth. Simple quiz provides informative feedback for both correct and incorrect responses. Limited use of graphics would make this website accessible to someone using a text reader.
The main page of the site should be divided into multiple pages. This would reduce scrolling and more importantly give users a better understanding of the site structure. Such a structure should facilitate user comprehension of the subtopics covered by the site.
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