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

ISBN-13: 978-1879618039 ISBN-10: 1879618036 Edition: 3rd

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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: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

From the Author

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.


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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1999
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 By Edwin C. Pauzer VINE VOICE on 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 By A Customer on June 17, 1999
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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 By A Customer on December 22, 2002
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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 By Holly Go-Lightly on 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 By Martha on January 29, 2009
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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 By Instructional Designer on May 25, 2012
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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 on July 25, 2011
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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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