ERIC Number: ED377528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Do Behavioral Objectives Improve Student Learning?
Attempting to account for criticisms of earlier studies, a study investigated whether behavioral objectives improved student learning. Subjects, 43 undergraduate students enrolled in a business and professional communication course at a large mid-western university, were randomly divided into two groups. One group stayed in class and received objectives in written form and received verbal instruction on the use of behavioral objectives as a study guide. The actual instruction consisted of group discussions and a role-playing cooperative small group activity based on a textbook chapter on groups in organizations, as well as two testing sessions and a survey of student satisfaction with the learning process. Results indicated no significant difference between students who received and did not receive behavioral objectives, either in their achievement or satisfaction level. Although findings suggest that behavior objectives had no effect on student learning, rational arguments based on logic will continue to weigh in favor of their use. (Contains 15 references. Appendixes present the behavioral objectives, the chapter test, and the survey instrument.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (80th, New Orleans, LA, November 19-22, 1994). Some of the material in the appendixes may not reproduce clearly because of light, broken type.