This best practice guide to teaching in the Further Education and Skills sector, and professional organisational learning contexts, examines the key concepts underpinning effective teaching and learning and combines this with case studies which demonstrate meaningful connections between theory and practice. Each chapter also contains discussion questions, learning activities and reflective points, allowing you to further engage with key research and relate it to your own teaching. Offering pragmatic advice on learning design, support and delivery, coverage includes: • Identifying learning needs and objectives • Selecting and developing appropriate content • Using technology to enhance learning • Assessment, evaluation and reflection This is an indispensable resource for anyone preparing to teach in Further Education, current Higher Education lecturers and work-based learning trainers in private and public-sector organisations. Lyn Ashmore is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and Professional Development and Denise Robinson is Director of the Post Compulsory Education & Training Consortium, both are based at the University of Huddersfield.

Specifying Learning Objectives

Specifying learning objectives
Nena SkrbicJane Burrows

Learning Outcomes

After reading this chapter, the reader should be able to:

  • Define and distinguish between aims and objectives.
  • Describe the historical development of objectives.
  • Appraise approaches to devising and writing objectives.
  • Formulate educational objectives that are appropriate to their individual situation.

Chapter Outline

As educators and learning and development practitioners we can all relate to that small moment of triumph when we sense that an objective has been achieved. It is that moment perhaps that gives us legitimacy. Objectives, outcomes or goals (we use the terms interchangeably, even though there is some debate regarding whether this should be the case) serve to simplify the complexity of the learning process. They minimize the dangers of leaving our intentions unexpressed, our goals in a state ...

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