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Preparing Instructional Objectives: A Critical Tool in the Development of Effective Instruction 3rd Edition

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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.

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  • 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: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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You wouldn't expect to laugh at a book on Instructional Objectives. But then you read Robert F. Mager, and wind up laughing throughout. Mager knows his subject, but he also knows it's academic and dry at the best of times. He's a wonderful writer and a keen teacher who uses wit, not sobriety, to get his point across. Should be recommended reading for all teacher candidates working with middle and high school kids.
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