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ERIC Number: ED501707
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Australia's Adoption of Outcomes Based Education: A Critique
Donnelly, Kevin
Online Submission, Issues in Educational Research v17 n2 2007
Australia's adoption of outcomes based education (OBE), sometimes known as Essential Learnings or outcomes and standards based education, has been at the centre of a good deal of public scrutiny and debate. In Western Australia, during 2006, the planned introduction of OBE into years 11 and 12 led to a strident and vocal media campaign, in part, led by "The West Australian" and "The Australian" newspapers, that culminated in a parliamentary review and Premier Carpenter taking control of the issue in an attempt to ameliorate some of the more contentious aspects of the proposed senior school certificate. In Tasmania, a similar debate about curriculum reform related to Essential Learnings, led to Minister Bartlett replacing Minister Wreidt as the education minister and a decision, announced in late August, 2006, to re-badge the curriculum as the Tasmanian Curriculum and to modify some of the more problematic aspects of the Essential Learnings curriculum as it was originally designed. At the national level, debates about the impact of outcomes based education on history, literature and music curriculum have also highlighted the fact that school curriculum has become the focus of attention. A number of education activists and academics have also criticised Australia's adoption of outcomes based education on the basis that OBE does not represent "world's best" curriculum and that it fails to successfully support teachers in their work. (Contains 1 footnote and 2 tables.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia