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ERIC Number: ED347034
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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One School's Approach to Outcome Based Education.
Jacobsen, Gary; Jacobsen, Cynthia
This paper describes the efforts of a geographically isolated school district in Alaska to develop an outcome-based curriculum for preschool through 12th grade. In 1986, the new assistant superintendent for instruction introduced the idea of a district-wide outcome-based curriculum. The first curricular area selected for development was a preschool program. Over the course of 5 years, programs for the remaining grade levels were developed. Committee members included teachers, community members and parents, and school board members. The assistant superintendent served as the facilitator and resource person. The committees were trained to use the systems approach to the development of an outcome-based curriculum. This consisted of describing and explaining the idea of an outcome-based curriculum and training members to write learner outcomes in behavioral terms. The body of knowledge to be covered in a subject area was divided into major categories of areas called strands. Each strand was then divided into supporting areas called topics. The learner outcomes were vertically articulated throughout the curriculum moving sequentially from one grade level to the next. Implementation of the curriculum was effective because participating teachers felt a sense of ownership in the curriculum and the committees provided inservice workshops to the other teachers. This type of curriculum development project requires time and money. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alaska