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ERIC Number: ED439132
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Taxonomy of Performance Objectives.
Burnett, David Wallace
The taxonomy outlined in this paper provides a framework for the classification of performance objectives. The taxonomy has three levels: (1) demonstration of cognitive mastery; (2) demonstration of a task in isolation; and (3) demonstration of a task in context. As one moves up the taxonomy, the student's performance requires a longer period of time for completion. The student must integrate a larger number of activities, and there are fewer specific rules for the student to follow. The student must exercise higher levels of judgment and demonstrate mastery of skills in increasingly realistic situations. Use of the taxonomy clarifies the intent of instructional objectives that are limited to a statement of the content to be learned or the skill to be mastered. The taxonomy can be used to compare instructional programs or to compare assessment instruments and match them with the course objectives. In some cases, the highest level in the taxonomy is not always the most appropriate level, since in many instances, a student must understand the task before it can be performed. While use of the taxonomy may reveal alternate methods of assessment, it does not always dictate the most appropriate method. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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