ERIC Number: ED357456
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
OBE in Utah: A Study of Outcome based Education in Utah. Executive Summary and Report and District Data.
Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City.
Outcome Based Education (OBE) is a holistic process for districtwide educational improvement. The Outcomes Driven Development Model (ODDM) is a means of implementing OBE that is used in 16 states and more than half of Utah school districts. A study of the impact of OBE in Utah reviewed grant applications and awards as well as state and district reports. More than 300 interviews were held with board members, administrators, teachers, support staff, and students. Questionnaires were also distributed to administrators at the district and school levels and to staff. Questionnaire returns were received from 34 districts, 437 schools, and more than 7,400 teachers. Administrators surveyed in 1987, 1989, and 1990 perceived an increase in the implementation of OBE. Also, some OBE components, such as comprehensive planning, were more completely implemented than others, such as community participation. The survey of faculty in the state revealed more than half of them had received OBE training. Some improvement areas principals and teachers attributed to OBE included time management, direction and commitment, lesson plans, goal setting, curriculum, awareness of student needs, teaching styles, and discipline problems. A higher level of OBE implementation also was found in ODDM districts. In conclusion, OBE has made a major impact on education in Utah, and it has been adopted by most educators. (JPT)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City.
Identifiers - Location: Utah