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Outcomes based education? Rethinking the provision of compulsory education in Western Australia
Issues In Educational Research
  • Richard G Berlach, University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Keith McNaught, University of Notre Dame Australia
Year of Publication
2007
Abstract

Outcomes based education (OBE), which emphasises a radical reinterpretation of the enterprise of education, is a phenomenon enveloping the Australian compulsory education sector. This paper examines the theoretical tenets of OBE as articulated by its chief exponent, William Spady. It then explores the effects that OBE implementation is having on the Western Australian educational fraternity, touching upon current tensions and emerging consequences. Implementation exigencies in one area of the WA curriculum (Mathematics) are then considered; and finally, possible future ‘outcomes’ are suggested should the identified concerns fail to receive due attention.

Keywords
  • Peer-reviewed,
  • Education Policy,
  • Western Australia
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Citation Information
Richard G Berlach and Keith McNaught. "Outcomes based education? Rethinking the provision of compulsory education in Western Australia" Issues In Educational Research Vol. 17 Iss. 1 (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/keith-mcnaught/35/