Behavioral indicators students will be able to list

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Unformatted text preview: ly about a science argument. 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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