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Learning Objectives

The learning objective, clearly one of the most influential and useful concepts in educational psychology, may be defined as a statement placed within an instructional lesson that describes what the student should learn. The statement must be unambiguous and describe the desired instructional outcomes in terms that are specific and observable. The purpose of the learning objective is to help the student focus on those aspects of the material to be learned that will help the student successfully complete the lesson. A learning objective may also be called an instructional objective, behavioral objective, performance objective, or simply an objective.


The following is an example of a typical learning objective in the subject matter area of mathematics:

The student will complete multiplication problems where each one is two ...

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