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Why do we need aims and objectives?

"A clear statement of what you are trying to achieve through training will provide a sound basis for choosing the training methods as well as the assessment instruments. In other words trainees will know precisely in which direction they are travelling and you will know whether or not they are getting there."

Hesketh, EA, Laidlaw, JM, Bell, LE, Gunn, MC and McManus, NK. (2011) Aims and Objectives, Education Development Unit, Scottish Council for Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education

Whilst the term "training" is used in this quote it can equally be applied to education in general or teaching.

Simply, achievement cannot be measured without a clear aim of what is to be achieved.

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