ERIC Number: ED357457
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Outcomes-Based Education: Tool for Restructuring.
OSSC Bulletin, v36 n8 Apr 1993
Traditional approaches to education use the level of inputs as a measure of effectiveness. Outcomes-based education (OBE) is based on the concept that educational success should be measured by what students learn, rather than by what they are taught. As a systems-level restructuring tool, OBE calls for success for all students, not just academic or vocational success, but success as well-rounded human beings. Since OBE has developed from several sources, it does not have one single authoritative model. Basic principles form the foundation of OBE: a clear focus on outcomes, expanded opportunity and instructional support, and high expectations for learning success. Views differ on whether OBE is revolutionary in education or merely a repackaging of old methods. School districts adopting OBE must fully commit to it in spirit and in practice, and staff must abandon established methods and procedures. Outcomes also must not be confused with subject areas, and goals cannot be too narrowly defined. In the classroom, teachers must balance concerns about content and process, and develop new assessment tools. As found in several Oregon schools, OBE can be implemented gradually, but must involve all members of the school district and community. (Contains 27 references.) (JPT)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, School Effectiveness, School Restructuring, Teacher Role
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon School Study Council, Eugene.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon