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ERIC Number: ED359205
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 14
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Unintended Outcomes: Curriculum and Outcome-Based Education.
Shanks, Joyce
Outcome based education (OBE) is a way to organize curriculum and instruction so that the focus is on what educators want students to achieve. Key principles are defining clear outcomes, expanding learning opportunities to better achieve these outcomes, and having high expectations for learning success. OBE must be viewed as a process, rather than a predetermined program. Most current OBE applications are traditional OBE, in which the starting transitional OBE, where higher order competencies are defined, but curriculum is not completely redesigned. In a third level, transformational OBE, curriculum development begins after the outcomes are defined in terms of what a person should do or know. Uses of OBE in various school districts are described. OBE is gaining acceptance at a time when school reform is a national priority. The OBE mission focuses on what students are able to do. Some limitations of OBE, and some of the political influences that characterize knowledge production are reviewed. Successful OBE depends on a careful examination of the politics of curriculum development and the role teachers will assume. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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