Mager's Theory of
A behavioral objective should have three components:
• Behavior. The behavior should be specific and
• Condition. The conditions under which the behavior is to
be completed should be stated, including what tools or
assistance is to be provided.
• Standard. The level of performance that is desirable
should be stated, including an acceptable range of
answers that are allowable as correct.
• Given a stethoscope and normal clinical
environment, the medical student will be
able to diagnose a heart arrhythmia in
90% of effected patients.
• This example describes the observable
behavior (identifying the arrhythmia),
the conditions (given a stethoscope and a
normal clinical environment), and the
standard (90% accuracy).
• Bloom's Taxonomy divides
educational objectives into three
"domains:" Affective, Psychomotor,
and Cognitive.. A goal of Bloom's
Taxonomy is to motivate educators
to focus on all three domains,
creating a more holistic form of
• Skills in the affective domain describe
the way people react emotionally and
their ability to feel another living
thing's pain or joy. Affective objectives
typically target the awareness and
growth in attitudes, emotion, and
• There are five levels in the affective domain
moving through the lowest order processes to
• 1. Receiving
The lowest level; the student passively pays
attention. Without this level no learning can
The student actively participates in the
learning process, not only attends to a
stimulus; the student also reacts in some way.
• 111. Valuing
• The student attaches a value to an object, phenomenon,
or piece of information.
• The student can put together different values,
information, and ideas and accommodate them within
his/her own schema; comparing, relating and elaborating
on what has been learned.
• V. Characterizing
• The student holds a particular value or belief that now
exerts influence on his/her behavior so that it becomes
• Skills in the psychomotor domain describe the ability to
physically manipulate a tool or instrument like a hand or
a hammer. Psychomotor objectives usually focus on
change and/or development in behavior and/or skills.
• Patterns of action or behavior
• Performing pattern of action
• Experimenting patterns of action
• Practice the action
• Imitates the action
• Skills in the cognitive domain revolve
around knowledge, comprehension, and
"thinking through" a particular topic.
Traditional education tends to emphasize
the skills in this domain, particularly the
• Exhibit memory of previously-learned materials by
recalling facts, terms, basic concepts and answers
• Knowledge of specifics - terminology, specific facts
• Knowledge of ways and means of dealing with specifics -
conventions, trends and sequences, classifications and
categories, criteria, methodology
• Knowledge of the universals and abstractions in a field -
principles and generalizations, theories and structures
• Questions like: What is...?
• Demonstrative understanding of facts and ideas
by organizing, comparing, translating,
interpreting, giving descriptions, and stating
• Questions like: How would you compare and
• Using new knowledge. Solve problems to
new situations by applying acquired
knowledge, facts, techniques and rules in
a different way
• Questions like: Can you organize to ---
• Examine and break information into parts by
identifying motives or causes. Make inferences
and find evidence to support generalizations
• Analysis of elements
• Analysis of relationships
• Analysis of organizational principles
• Questions like: How would you classify...?
• Compile information together in a different way
by combining elements in a new pattern or
proposing alternative solutions
• Production of a unique communication
• Production of a plan, or proposed set of
• Derivation of a set of abstract relations
• Questions like: Can you predict an outcome?
• Present and defend opinions by making
judgments about information, validity of
ideas or quality of work based on a set
• Judgments in terms of internal evidence
• Judgments in terms of external criteria
• Questions like: Do you agree with.....?
Stems and Samples
• Generally, learning objectives are
written in terms of learning
outcomes: What do you want your
students to learn as a result of the
lesson? Follow the three-step
process below for creating learning
• 1. Create a stem. Stem Examples:
• After completing the lesson, the student
will be able to . . .
After this unit, the student will have . .
By completing the activities, the student
will . . .
At the conclusion of the
course/unit/study the student will . . .
• 2. After you create the stem, add
• analyze, recognize, compare,
provide, list, etc.
• 3. One you have a stem and a verb, determine
the actual product, process, or outcome:
• After completing these lesson, the student will
be able to recognize foreshadowing in various
works of literature.
• Below you will find numerous examples of
learning objectives used by teachers. Modify
them as necessary.
Social Studies Examples
• After completing the lesson, the student will
be able to:
• Place events in chronological order and describe
how . . .
• Create a timeline of events . . .
• Record his or her knowledge using pictures . . .
• Connect his or her own experiences with . .