ERIC Number: ED101412
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Behavioral Objectives: A Review of Theoretical Positions and Empirical Evidence and an Investigation of the Effects of Two Types of Instructional Objectives of Student Achievement and Attitude in a Basic Speech Communication Course.
Booth, James L.
Defining behavioral objectives as the operational statements of behavior which a student is expected to demonstrate at the end of a course, this paper examines the state of behavioral objectives in speech instruction, reviews theoretical positions and empirical evidence regarding the use of behavioral objectives in instruction, and reports on the findings of a study which utilized behavioral objectives in a basic speech communication course. The purpose of the study was to determine if communication of behavioral objectives affected student achievement and attitude. Twenty instructors and 417 students, representing 20 class sections of the basic speech communication course at a midwestern university, served as subjects. Nine instructional objectives based on three assigned chapters in the required textbook were investigated over a period of three weeks, using two instruments to test the hypotheses of the study. A content test was devised by the researcher to measure overall student achievement, and subscales of this test were used to measure achievement at different levels of cognitive learning. The results of this study supported the contention that behavioral objectives have a positive, facilitative effect on student achievement. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (Chicago, Illinois, December 1974)