Behavioral Objectives

Description of the Strategy

Behavioral objectives are descriptions of observable performance or behavior that are used to make judgments about learning. They are the focal point of a treatment plan or a lesson plan and serve three functions: (a) a starting point for guiding the instructional design process, (b) a framework for developing appropriate assessments and evaluations, and (c) a guide for the learner. Behavioral objectives make it explicitly clear what the learner is supposed to accomplish following instruction. Learning objectives, instructional objectives, and performance objectives can be types of behavioral objectives if they are written according to specific criteria. Terminology can differ depending on the setting. For example, an objective that is written to measure reading decoding skill may be referred to ...

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