ERIC Number: ED363914
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Outcome-Based Education. ERIC Digest, No. 85.
This digest examines the tenets of outcome-based education (OBE), outlines some of its primary criticisms and challenges, and describes successful OBE models implemented in various school districts. Outcome-based education (OBE) is one model for restructuring currently being examined nationwide. In contrast to traditional educational practices that center on "inputs," OBE specifies the "outcomes" students should be able to demonstrate upon leaving the system. Although the forms of OBE vary, OBE frameworks share an emphasis on systems-level change; observable, measurable outcomes; and the belief that all students can learn. Critics charge that outcomes reflect values, and that OBE views education as a means to an end, lacks a comprehensive research base, may deemphasize specific subject content, poses problems in measurement and assessment, and involves a great deal of cost and time. Suggestions are offered for school-district actions prior to the implementation of OBE, as well as strategies for making a successful transition to OBE. (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Competency Based Education, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Minimum Competencies, School District Autonomy
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.