Task Analysis. Wigging & McTighe (2005) call this Unpacking Others call it content or task analysis. Know that we will use these terms interchangeably. Why use task analysis?.
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Let’s start with what task analysis is not.
For a good short explanation of task analysis follow this link http://www.ehhs.cmich.edu/~rmscott/Lesson4.html
Cluster, Hierarchical, Informational Processing, and
Procedural Analysis provide
sufficient models for our purposes, i.e. understanding
what we have asked students
There are other types of task analysis, but these four are the work horses for education.
The first step in task analysis is deciding what kind of information you are asking students to master.
See Gagne’, Wiggins & McTighe, or Bloom
Use hierarchical analysis when information
depends on previous learning or the
performance of specific tasks.
Goals are broad and overarching.
Goals are stated in terms of the learner –
Learning objectives include the elements of
a goal as well as the conditions that
For a good tutorial on writing objectives follow the link