Writing Behavioral Objectives
Last Modified: 3/20/96
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Behavioral Objective Defined
- An objective is a clear and unambiguous description of your educational expectations for
students. When written in behavioral terms, an objective will include three components:
student behavior, conditions of performance, and performance criteria.
Three Parts of a Behavioral Objective
- Student Behavior -- skill or knowledge to be gained (e.g., two digit numbers, vocabulary
words) and the action or skill the student is able TO DO (e.g., define, count, label,
categorize, analyze, design, evaluate, add, multiply, etc.)
- Examples: Students will add two-digit numbers; Students will define the vocabulary words
identified in bold print in the first story.
- Conditions of Performance -- under what circumstances or context will the behavior be
- Examples: In an oral presentation; Without the use of notes
- Performance Criteria -- how well is the behavior is to done; compared to what standard
- Examples: 80 out of 100; containing all components discussed in class.
Example of a well-written behavioral objective:
- In an oral presentation, the student will paraphrase Dr. Martin Luther Kings's I Have a
Dream address, mentioning at least 3 of the 5 major points discussed in class.
Behavioral objectives can be written for any of the
domains of instruction (i.e., cognitive, affective,