ERIC Number: ED440402
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul-8
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A Diet of English Language Arts Outcomes: Alberta and South Africa.
This paper critically examines outcomes-based education (OBE), focusing on the two widely differing jurisdictions of the Province of Alberta in Western Canada and the Republic of South Africa. The paper begins by explaining the nature of OBE, including the topics: principles and origin of OBE; research findings; resistance to OBE in the United States; levels of OBE; and a non-OBE test question from South Africa's "Matric" Examination. The paper continues with a description of Alberta's OBE curricula, describing its workplace-inspired plan, and stating that Alberta has a program of studies that exists on paper only. The paper closes with a description of South African OBE, concluding that South Africa has developed a sophisticated curriculum framework, but so far it lacks detail and is far from universal implementation. This portion of the paper also concludes that the administrative structures to be put in place for curriculum development are "breathtakingly ambitious" for a large and diverse country. (Contains 17 references.) (EF)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Competency Based Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Instructional Development, Language Arts, Outcome Based Education
For full text: http://www.nyu.edu/education/teachlearn/ifte/walker1.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Canada