n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - A content analysis of the structure and cognitive complexity of pre-service science teachers' formulated behavioural objectives
|Article Title||A content analysis of the structure and cognitive complexity of pre-service science teachers' formulated behavioural objectives|
|© Publisher:||IFE Centre for Psychological Studies (ICPS)|
|Journal||IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal|
|Affiliations||1 Osun State University, Nigeria and 2 University of Ilorin, Nigeria|
|Publication Date||Jan 2015|
|Pages||39 - 52|
|Keyword(s)||Behavioural objectives, Bloom's taxonomy, Cognitive behaviours and Lesson note|
The present study was undertaken to analyse the structure and cognitive complexity of pre-service science teachers' formulated behavioural objectives. The sample for the study consisted of 13 pre-service science teachers in a faculty of education. These prospective teachers voluntarily submitted their lesson note booklets on researchers' request for analysis. From each lesson note booklet submitted, three lesson notes were randomly selected for content analysis. Using coding, a total number of 39 lesson notes were analysed. The findings emerged from the study indicate that pre-service science teachers were capable of constructing well written behavioural objectives. Majority of the formulated behavioural objectives failed to describe: (a) the conditions under which learners are expected to demonstrate the achievement of the objectives (b) the standard or levels to which learners should be able to demonstrate their achievement of the objectives. It was also revealed that large proportion of the formulated objectives stressed lower-level cognitive behaviours. Furthermore, the findings of the study indicate the fact that the average number of behavioural objectives formulated per a period of science lesson by the sample is relatively low considering the duration of instructional time and the cognitive complexity of objectives. Implications for the teaching of science are discussed.
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