ERIC Number: ED197476
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Scope of Guideline Aims and Objectives.
Robinson, Floyd G.
Through a historical review of guideline aims and objectives in Ontario from 1950 to 1978, this paper seeks to define trends in guideline objectives writing. A category system for educational outcomes serves as the analytical framework for the study. This system defines the primary domains for describing discriminative knowledge, including a hierarchy of categories within each domain, dynamic interrelationships between categories and subcategories, and context dimensions drawn from the image of the educated person. The study reviews all guidelines for compulsory K-10 subjects, two special reports bearing on aims of education in Ontario, and a sampling of other guidelines. The trends identified include an increasing proliferation of objectives lists for each subject area, greater breadth of proposed aims, growing emphasis on complex intellectual skills, and a heavier preponderance of self-oriented outcomes. The author concludes that guideline statements need to be interpreted within the framework from which they were generated and can be improved by the progressive delineation of intended outcomes. (Author/WD)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Curriculum Guides, Curriculum Research, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Trend Analysis
Publications Centre, Ministry of Government Services, 880 Bay St., 5th Floor, Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario M7A 1N8 Canada (Record No. ON01521/CODE00321; $1.50 microfiche).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Declining School Enrolments in Ontario, Toronto.
Note: Figure 7 and appendices A and B may be marginally legible due to broken print of original document. For related documents, see EA 013 260-308.