ERIC Number: ED404760
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Outcome-Based Education: Concerns and Responses. Fastback 388.
Rogers, Spence; Dana, Bonnie
Outcome-Based Education (OBE) has become one of the most misunderstood efforts in school reform. This brochure sets forth the philosophy of OBE and responds to 25 commonly held concerns. "Outcome-based" means deciding which results the education community wants and then taking the necessary steps during instruction to achieve them. The brochure covers such issues as parent involvement; instruction in the basics; student evaluation and whether OBE prepares students for real-life competition; individualized learning deadlines; whether setting outcomes leads to mediocrity; special-education children; spelling and mathematics errors; OBE effectiveness; reasons for OBE failure (lack of community involvement, time, staff inservice training, resources, understanding of the OBE philosophy); research outcomes; mastery learning; cooperative learning; the cost of OBE; the imposition of certain attitudes and values on children; the violation of families' privacy through recordkeeping; portfolio assessment; the extended school year; and the longevity of OBE. (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Nontraditional Education, Outcome Based Education, Outcomes of Education, Parent Participation, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Student Evaluation
Phi Delta Kappa, 408 N. Union, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.