ERIC Number: ED405637
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Outcome-Based Education: Is It Mastery Learning All Over Again, or Is It a Revolution to the Reform Movement?
Terry, Paul M.
The momentum of Outcome Based Education (OBE) appears to be growing. This paper presents an overview of OBE and its prospects for successful educational change. Successful implementation requires 3 to 5 years; the involvement of administrators and staff in the development process; the use of a top-down approach; alignment of all areas with one another; and innovative scheduling. Opponents of OBE include traditionalist Christians who believe it violates their values and some middle-class Americans who have been misinformed. Proponents see OBE as another learning theory with great potential. There is a lack of empirical evidence to support or negate the effectiveness of OBE. The paper concludes that OBE appears to be a promising way to reform an antiquated and ineffective educational system, although it is unlikely that every school will adopt OBE. (Contains 25 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Regional Comparative International Education Society (7th, Fort Wayne, IN, October 11-13, 1996).