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ERIC Number: EJ797362
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9441
Western Australia's "English" Course of Study: To OBE or Not to OBE, Perhaps that Is the Question
Berlach, Richard G.; O'Neill, Michael
Australian Journal of Education, v52 n1 p49-62 2008
Opinion surrounding Western Australia's provision of compulsory education via an outcomes-based education (OBE) paradigm is severely divided. At the centre of debate is an attempt by authorities to extend OBE into the final years of secondary schooling, Years 11 and 12. In this paper an examination is made of OBE as a curriculum paradigm. Secondly, an overview of how OBE has been interpreted in Western Australia as a model of curriculum design and planning is provided. Finally, and most significantly, the issues surrounding evaluation concerns as they relate to one exemplar course of study--English--are considered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 11; Grade 12; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia