the most detailed and descriptive form for writing
learning objectives. They provide a clear indication of
what the students is expected to learn and do as a
result of the instruction, under what conditions the
learned ability is to be done, and the criteria for
evaluating successful performance.
Terminal objectives, or major learning outcomes, are
frequently written as formal objectives.
certainly less exacting than formal objectives in that
they may only describe what the student is expected to
do as proof of learning. Without the conditions (that
are optional) or the criteria for acceptable level of
performance, they do not provide the most complete
guidance or information to the student or the teacher.
Supporting or enabling objectives are frequently written
in an informal format.
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