ERIC Number: ED027804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Use of Behavioral Objectives in Foreign Language Teaching.
Bockman, John F.
Forum, v16 n2 p3-10 Jan 1969
The great difficulty encountered with most behavioral educational objectives is determining whether or not they have been achieved. The disparity between new methods and most evaluation practices tends to minimize solid learning achievement. In order to specify realistic objectives that will prove meaningful in measuring student behavior as an indication of successful learning, educators must train themselves to think in terms of criteria that can apply either to observed behavior or to the verifiable product of behavior. In the field of foreign language instruction, the problem manifests itself in the movement of the teachers, in varying degrees, from inventory toward transaction teaching methods in which the chief learning objective is "unstudied" fluency in speaking. However, the limited but clear-cut specifications of this objective afford an opportunity for the systematic, continuous readjustment of the means necessary to attain it. Course content revision is nonetheless, but a beginning in the reform battle for a relevant curriculum to accommodate the demands for individualized instruction. (CW)
Descriptors: Audiolingual Skills, Behavior Patterns, Behavioral Objectives, Cognitive Measurement, Course Content, Course Objectives, Educational Innovation, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Needs, Instructional Improvement, Language Instruction, Language Tests, Measurement Objectives, Modern Languages, Student Behavior
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Authoring Institution: Arizona Univ., Tucson. Dept. of Romance Languages.