ERIC Number: ED135769
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr-8
Reference Count: 0
Resolution of Conflicting Claims Concerning Behavioural Objectives.
Melton, Reginald F.
This review into research studying the effectiveness of behavioral objectives in stimulating learning outcomes makes clear that a variety of complex conditions determines whether or not such objectives enhance relevant learning (against specified objectives) and depress, or enhance, incidental learning (against unspecified objectives). There is little doubt that opposing claims attempt to oversimplify what is in fact a complex situation. The development of two distinct schools of thought respectively supporting, and opposing, the use of behavioral objectives has tended to encourage such oversimplification. An alternative approach is required, and it is suggested that this should be one that treats behavioral objectives simply as one of several tools available to educators. Research has already helped to identify some of the advantages and limitations of behavioral objectives, and should be directed towards determining the conditions under which they can be used most effectively. It would then be the responsibility of individual educators to determine whether or not the tool is likely to be useful in their own particular situation. (Author/MB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting, American Educational Research Association (New York, New York, April 4-8, 1977); Publication pending in British Journal of Educational Technology, Vol. 9