ERIC Number: ED354397
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Outcomes in Higher Education. A Development Project Report.
A project tested the feasibility of describing learning outcomes in adult/continuing education in ways that could be more clearly understood by three major groups of people--students, teachers, and employers of graduates--and how these could be assessed and accredited. Academic staff explored four different approaches to describing learning outcomes based on objectives, subject knowledge, discipline, and competence. Student views were collected through structured workshops. Students described personal, social, academic, and vocational outcomes but were unable to write their own learning outcomes. Employer views were collected through consultation, interviews, and discussion. Employers judged employability of graduates through a small number of generic skills. A workshop on assessment showed little evidence of development of an assessment strategy for a course or program as well as the use of conservative approaches. Other work on accreditation raised three major issues: level, credit value, and coherence. Work on accreditation undertaken by three project subject groups resulted in three models based on general, subject specific, and core learning outcomes. A four-stage model was proposed: outcome description, assessment, curriculum model, and credit rating. (Notes include information on taxonomies, learning styles, and knowledge; approaches to assessment; and credit accumulation and transfer systems. Appendixes include project strategy and methodology, participant lists, and a 31-item bibliography.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Continuing Education, Credits, Educational Certificates, Educational Research, Employer Attitudes, Employment Potential, Evaluation Methods, Feasibility Studies, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Job Skills, Models, Outcomes of Education, Student Attitudes, Student Certification, Student Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Employment, London (England).; Further Education Unit, London (England). Unit for the Development of Adult Continuing Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)