The Two Theories Of Learning Objectives Essay

1674 Words May 17th, 2015 7 Pages

Program planning for adult learners can be a difficult and time consuming task. However the use of program objectives can give clarity and understanding to the program developer, resulting in greater understanding of what is needed to achieve specific goals. Program “objectives are specific action statements… They are the most specific level of description used… Objectives say what the student will be able to do or think or feel or say as a result of the planned learning/teaching event”. This essay will critically discuss the two theories of learning objectives created by Knowles, including educational and operational learning objectives. Each theory will also acknowledge it’s positive and negative aspects, and why it essential in the overall process of program development. Concluding the essay will be an explanation of which I believe is the most appropriate to use and why.

Educational objectives:
“Educational program objectives reflect what participants are expected to learn as a result of attending a specific education or training program”. Thus it is, educational program objectives tend to be used when planning a program where classroom teaching is a major factor of the course. Educational objectives are examined on both the individual and group level. Individuals should see personal development from following the program, as well as advancement in the entirety of the group and society. Educational objectives are present in many adult-learning…

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