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Behavioral Indicators: Students will be able to list the strengths and
weaknesses of an argument.
Students will decide how well the evidence
that is provided meets the criteria for
effective evidence. Constructivism and Educational Objectives
General or more broadly stated cognitive objectives are suitable for some
applications of constructivism. However, constructivist approaches often
encourage students to take a great deal of responsibility for their own learning. An
alternative to teacher-generated objectives, therefore, is to allow students to select
some or all of the objectives for their learning (Choi & Jonassen, 2000; Kozma,
2000; Willis, 1998). In this case, objectives emerge out of students’ attempts to
learn, rather than being pre-specified by teachers. For example, as students are
investigating an area, they might collaborate with other students or teachers to
identify what they need to learn or accomplish to be successful.
A potential benefit of student-generated objectives is that they may better
reflect students’ needs and interests. Also, as discussed earlier in this text, goal 8 setting as an important component of student self-regulation of learning, and this
can provide one more opportunity to learn to self-regulate. However, it is
important to note that a process like this often has to be integrated into an
environment that requires teachers to address certain academic standards.
Criteria for Evaluating Objectives
You will find as a teacher that there are almost an infinite number of
learning objectives that could be identified for your students. However, your
objectives to be appropriate and useful for your students. Here are some questions
to ask in determining whether or not your objectives are appropriate for your
course and your students (Linn & Gronlund, 2000).
• Do your objectives represent the full range of outcomes envisioned for
your students? For example, do your objectives reflect different levels
of understanding, and both imp...
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