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ERIC Number: ED080352
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr-2
Pages: 8
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Performance Objectives - Necessary or Superfluous.
Butts, David P.
This paper discusses the nature and usefulness of performance objectives, and asserts that they can be springboards or coffin lids depending upon the intent of the user. Performance objectives facilitate: (1) directions for the learning context, (2) selecting learning opportunities, (3) fitting the learning context to the learner, and (4) assessing success. They force the teacher to be clearer and more specific in intentional outcomes which result in the teacher having a greater insight into the total tasks, and they help both the teacher and student to spot trivia in the learning context. Performance objectives provide clear goals and help to focus on the consequences or matter of the learning context rather than on the manner. Perhaps their greatest impact is in helping to fit the learning context to the individual child. Personalizing learning means greater freedom for the child to decide pace, style and substance of his learning. With performance objectives, a greater clarity and mutual understanding about the intent of the learning context between the teacher and the student is possible. In assessing student success performance objectives are also used, since judgment is based upon observable behavior. (JR)
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association (21st, Detroit, Michigan, March 30-April 3, 1973)