ERIC Number: ED045064
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
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The Webber College Project: Assessing the Feasibility of a Systems Approach for Organizing Leadership Activities.
This study investigated the use of a systems approach to prepare teachers in the use of behavioral objectives. The test group consisted of five male and seven female instructors from Webber College (Florida), a small 2-year institution that prepares women for business careers. An instructor should be able to identify the characteristics of both behavioral objectives and a systems approach to instruction, write acceptable objectives, develop tests based on them, and exhibit an increasingly positive attitude toward them. Instruction using the systems approach involves task analysis, the specification of tasks in behavioral terms, the specification of sequential relationships among the objectives, the determination of instructional activities to achieve the objectives, and the design of procedures to evaluate en-route and terminal student performance. Results of the study show that, at the end of the project, the participants generally could write high-quality behavioral objectives and suitable test items, though some encountered difficulty in sequencing objectives. Attitudes toward the behavioral-systems approach were slightly more positive at the end of the course. The group cited organizational and evaluative qualities as advantages, and susceptability to triviality and lack of flexibility as disadvantages of the approach. Those conducting the course felt that, while the results were positive, more rigorous assessment of success is needed. (JO)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
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Identifiers - Location: Florida