Writing Behavioral Objectives

Last Modified: 3/20/96

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Behavioral Objective Defined

Three Parts of a Behavioral Objective

  1. 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.)
  2. Conditions of Performance -- under what circumstances or context will the behavior be performed
  3. Performance Criteria -- how well is the behavior is to done; compared to what standard

Example of a well-written behavioral objective:

Behavioral objectives can be written for any of the domains of instruction (i.e., cognitive, affective, or psychomotor.)

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