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Learning objectives are no different than goals, because they serve four main purposes:

  1. to describe the purpose of an activity (or intervention)
  2. to establish the desired result
  3. to identify the methodology to be used to get there
  4. to determine how success will be measured

This being said, learning objectives are to be stated quite specifically so that they can be the most useful at directing the instructor as to what course of action to take. Not all objectives stem from the same source. In fact, any experienced educator can tell you that the academic, or learning, objective is only one third of the complete goal. This is because there are three kinds of objectives in academia:

  1. the learning objective- establishes what the students are going learn by the end of the lesson. It is all based on cognitive and developmental ability.
  2. behavioral (doing) objectives- will determine what skills and abilities the teacher wants the students to develop, or master, by the end of the lesson.
  3. affective/schematic objectives- will list the essential questions and main lessons that the teacher would want the students to think about and relate to themselves as individuals.

There is something even more important to consider when it comes to objectives: they are not created to determine whether a student can or cannot "do" something. Instead, they are created to establish what additional interventions need to be considered for the students to develop to the point of working at an independent level of mastery. This is why we have two sub-sections of learning objectives

Mastery objectives are the less demanding tasks that should be covered before the next unit. For example, a student cannot move on to learn division if they cannot master multiplication. In theory they CAN, but imagine how difficult it would be to teach a process that is interdependent of another until at least one of them is...

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