Expressing training objectives in behavioural terms
Industrial and Commercial Training, 3, (3), . (doi:10.1108/eb003129).
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Before considering the need to define behavioural objectives it is useful to consider the reasons for undertaking any form of training. The basic reason may be stated in terms of equipping the trainee with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to perform a job or a task. Any training programme, therefore, should be constructed with this purpose in mind. In order to construct a programme along these lines it is essential that the relevant skills, knowledge and attitudes be expressed in such a way as to allow their measurement. Once this has been done a criterion is established whereby it becomes possible to evaluate the success or failure of the training programme. The measurable expression of the aims of training is what is referred to as the objectives. Inherent in the construction and expression of these objectives is a relationship to the evaluation of the training. It is, therefore, virtually impossible to consider objectives in the absence of evaluation. Returning to the basic purpose of training, it can be seen that the objectives must also be closely matched to the training needs in any situation. Thus, before objectives can be established, it is necessary to identify training needs and express them in terms of skill, knowledge and attitude requirements.
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