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Writing Objectives

Making Corrections to Bad Objectives

Lori Stansberry

on 7 October 2011

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Poorly written objectives Problems in writing objectives Purpose of Objectives Fundamentals of Objectives is here Define content of program
Maintains curriculum plan
Serves as an agreement
Written designated outcome
Ongoing evaluation tool inexperience
objective lacks information
not placing value on objectives

Review class material
Focus on learning outcome
Learner success
Importance of verb
Common mistakes in writing objectives Write goals instead of objectives
Not measurable
Not specific
Not an effective evaluation tool Is a goal the same as an objective? objectives = measurable and specific outcome

goal = a global outcome Examples of poorly written objectives The nurse will perform sterile techinque.

The nurse will be able to properly administer medication.

Improve communication with patient.
Verbs difficult to assess know

be aware become acquainted with
gain knowledge of
realize The instructor will teach the student nurse how to perform a sterile dressing change. Answer: It is not student-centered and no time-frame. What is wrong with this objective? A A+ A A+ A A+ A A A+ A A A+

Alexander, J. (2010, November 4). Prezi. Retrieved from http://prezi.com.

Anderson, L. W., & Krathwohl, D. R. (2001). A taxonomy for learning, teaching, and
assessing: A revision of Bloom’s taxonomy of educational objectives. New York: Longman.

Bloom, B. S., & Krathwohl, D. R. (1956). Taxonomy of educational objectives: The classification of
educational goals by a committee of college and university examiners. Handbook I: Cognitive
Domain. New York: Longman, Green.

Cannon, S. & Boswell, C.. (2012). Evidenced-based teaching in nursing: A foundation for
educators. Boston MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Penn, B. K., (2008). Mastering the teaching role: A guide for nurse educators. Philadelphia:

Questions/Discussions Future Educator

A A A+ A be clear
use action verbs
use time-frame
be realistic Use the highest level verb in objectives Remember A A+ A+
The patient will obtain knowledge of a diabetic diet.
The nurse will know how to administer insulin by end of orientation. A A+ A A A What is wrong? What is wrong? How will you write effective objectives? A A+ A+ A+ Nurse Educators SMART Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic Timely not a time for creative writing
do not turn the objective into a "guessing game"
(Penn, 2008) presentation by
Cathy DeMatteo
Lori Stansberry What would you do to fix poorly written objectives?
If you are unable to change the objectives, Penn (2008) recommends that you interpret the intent of each objective in your own words (p. 266). A A Alexander, (2010)http://prezi.com.
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