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These may use more general, amorphous words to note the desired learning, such as to know, to understand, to learn, or to appreciate. Two kinds of nonbehavioral objectives are:

These types of objectives have the following advantages:

  • They can be more artistic -- not as rigid.
  • They can be more reflective of real life problems.
  • Several domains may be combined within one objective.
  • The teacher can easily solicit input from students. ( often evaluation of these objectives is more subjective, or authentic.)
  • When you are integrating material, the nonbehavioral format facilitates integration more easily. Therefore, several subject areas or different content may be easily incorporated into one objective.
  • These types of objectives are more open-ended and allow teachers to create related experiences based on students' interests and motivational levels.

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