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Preparing Instructional Objectives: A Critical Tool in the Development of Effective Instruction [Paperback]

Robert F. Mager
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May 1997 1879618036 978-1879618039 3
Before you prepare instruction, it's important to be able to clearly state what the desired outcomes of that instruction should be. In Preparing Instructional Objectives, you'll learn the characteristics of well-stated objectives, how to derive suitable objectives, and how to write objectives to match the instructional results you are seeking to achieve.


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Preparing Instructional Objectives is the best-selling book ever written on this subject, and is part of the Museum of Education's Books of the Century list.

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If you don't know where you're going, the best-made maps won't help you get there. Similarly, without a way to communicate your instructional objectives to others:

- You won't be able to decide which instructional content and procedures will help you accomplish your objectives,
- You won't be able to create measuring instruments (tests) to tell you whether your students have become competent enough to move on, and
- Your students won't be able to decide for themselves when to stop practicing.

If you care about developing and/or delivering instruction that will give your students the skills and knowledge important for them to have, then this book is for you.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Center for Effective Performance; 3 edition (May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879618036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879618039
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative, useful, and fun. An excellent guide! November 1, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is a quick and enjoyable read. The content is very easy to understand. Through the use of humor and skill testing questions, Mager has made learning fun! As a student, I survived many of the poorly written objectives that Mager describes in this book. It was nice to realize I wasn't the problem...the objectives were! I look forward to using this guide to develop clear, concise objectives so students can focus more on the joy of learning and be more successful at it.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Trainer's Necessity August 17, 2006
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Written by the patron saint of trainers everywhere, Robert Mager provides a quick, humorous and easy-to-understand read in what is the heart and soul of training--objectives.

This book offers the readers choice solutions or answers. The reader then turns to the page choice to see if she selected the right choice or not.

Another essential about this book is besides being less than an afternoon read, it is essential to review time and again when you are writing instructional objectives.

Buying this should be one of your objectives!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding guide to developing objectives June 17, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
As a graduate student in an education masters program, I found this book to be essential for writing instructional objectives. My professor suggested it, and it was a great recommendation.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for anyone involved in educating others December 22, 2002
By A Customer
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Very straight-forward and easily digestible read. Step-by-step instructions will have you creating meaningful objectives, which translate into meaningful instruction.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The easiest read in education! July 8, 2006
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This book is the easiest read I've had in studying education. It is a "choose your own adventure" in education. Read about how to write instructional objectives and then turn the page to find out if you understand what you've read. Very simple and to the point. You don't need any other book to help you write objectives!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and Interesting January 29, 2009
By Martha
Format:Paperback
This is a great book. it has been enormously helpful to me in the completion of my instructional design book. The writing style is very interesting (even funny at times!) and the author really helps the reader to understand what an instructional objective is (and isn't) and how to write an excellent one.

This was only suggested reading for my course but I can't imagine doing without it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I got this book on a whim after seeing Mager's 6 pack referenced on a variety of professional websites that I am part of. I scoffed, thinking it would be just one more technical reference that I'd never open again. However, since I am preparing a presentation on objectives, I decided to check out this book. I'm a convert to all things Mager. This book was easy to understand, but at the same time maintained it's academic integrity. As an instructional designer working in higher education, I work with faculty designing online courses. I'm always amazed by how many faculty are unable to write objectives, and then more amazed (and appalled) by my lack of ability to intelligently discuss objectives in a way that will enable them to write them.

I will be spouting examples from this book from now on...good bye overly technical Dick & Carey book. This book scaffolds learning by allowing you to complete "self-checks" along the way. Pass the self-check and you get to skip whole sections of explanation. Fail the self-check and Mager takes a different approach to the same concept. Wow! This is instructional design at it's finest. No bells and whistles, just great instruction paired with instructional strategies that move the learner to demonstrating their master of the book's objectives.

I wont ramble on any further, but if you work in any field where you have to write objectives, then this book is for you. Yes it's 180 some odd pages, but that took me a whopping 3 hours total to read (with taking notes for my presentation). This is definitely going on my desk to reference frequently with faculty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Jack HK
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Mager is the real thing. When it comes to developing instruction for adults, he is a must read. This short but critical work will help you greatly enhance your training by focusing on and developing instructional objectives which result in real and desired behavioral change.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good book but nothing new.
Published 8 days ago by rjon
5.0 out of 5 stars creative writing
open my eyes to creative writing, i was never a great writer and it help me understand objectives more clearly
Published 5 months ago by Registered nurse
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Good book for figuring out how to write instructional objectives so you can go back an clearly measure them, a good value.
Published 5 months ago by Dr. D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect of teachers
This book is perfect for those who need help when writing instructional objectives. I purchased it to replace my original copy which was worn out.
Published 5 months ago by Yvonne N. Stringfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. Nice examples.
Great book. Excellent examples. Humor makes it entertaining too. It's written so that you can skip ahead to future pages if you have mastered the material, a unique feature that... Read more
Published 7 months ago by J. Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Purchase
This easy flow, humorous guide has all you need to prepare instructional objectives. You'll find yourself at the back cover even before realizing it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Usher Gluck
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, proven, and sensible for all
Practical, proven, and sensible for all. Mager has the ability to take conceptual ideas and making them all practical for the "everyday" person.
Published 9 months ago by fred
4.0 out of 5 stars Had to have it for the CET exam
If you are like me and plan to take the CET exam for the BCSP then you too have been railroaded into buying this book. The upside is that it is short and makes for a quick read. Read more
Published 12 months ago by William
1.0 out of 5 stars waste
complete and total waste of time and money....it was not required for my class and still sits in its package
Published 18 months ago by Rick
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for purpose needed; however...
When received, the book had markings throughout, which were somewhat annoying to those areas needed by me for course studies.
Published 19 months ago by George
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