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Shaping the Culture of Schooling: The Rise of Outcome-Based Education


reviewed by Bruno V. Manno - 1997

coverTitle: Shaping the Culture of Schooling: The Rise of Outcome-Based Education
Author(s): Cheryl T. Desmond
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791429563, Pages: 181, Year: 1996
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Defining learning results that all students will master-many call it outcome-based education (OBE)-continues to be one of the nation's fiercest education battlegrounds. The outcome discussion began with a good, commonsense idea: Judge education quality by the results of student learning. This idea challenged the decades-old conventional wisdom that gauged education quality by inputs-intentions and efforts, institutions and services, and what resources are devoted to the enterprise. The focus on results won widespread support from elected officials, such as governors, legislators, and mayors, and laypeople, such as business leaders and newspaper editors. The governors, in particular, became champions of the move to focus on results. But this good and commonsense idea went awry. What happened? Briefly stated, the critical task of defining specific outcomes was given to two groups: (1) the very education experts most apt to be threatened by a process specifying learning results for which they would be held accountable; and (2) other politically correct groups with a radically different concept than most elected officials and laypeople of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 99 Number 2, 1997, p. 430-432
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10265, Date Accessed: 10/14/2019 4:56:57 AM

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