ERIC Number: ED098122
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Oct
History: Behavioral Objectives and the Classroom.
Schafer, Delbert F.
Historians, feeling the effects of acountability and the demands for relevance in education, are faced with the use of behavioral objectives. An attempt to capitalize on the behavioral objectives concept is presented in this description of a survey course in United States history (1492-1877) offered in one, three-hour weekly, evening meeting attended mostly by older, college students. The main objective of the course is that students discover history as an interesting, varied, and interpretative discipline. Each of 16 class sessions is divided into self-contained learning activities or into large group sessions, addressed to particular behavioral objectives, depending on the needs of the subject matter. Students are made aware of exactly which objectives are to be attained at each activity. Various types of audio and visual aids are used in the activities. The effect of team teaching is accomplished with the help of social science education majors in the planning and presentation of session activities. Evaluation of course mastery indicates that students learned at a level comparable to that in traditional courses. Students evaluated the course favorably. (JH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Northern Great Plains History Conference (9th, Mankato, Minnesota, October 1974)