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LEARNING OUTCOMES
LEARNING ACHIEVED BY THE END OF A COURSE OR PROGRAM
KNOWLEDGE – SKILLS – ATTITUDES
By Shirley Lesch, George Brown College http://liad.gbrownc.on.ca/programs/InsAdult/currlo.htm Learning Outcomes
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What is meant by Learning Outcomes?
[pic]Think for a moment about a course or training session with which you are currently involved. Identify one skill that you think would be essential to know or do by the end of this learning period. If you were able to do this, then you are beginning to construct a learning outcome.
Definition of Learning Outcomes
Learning outcomes are statements that describe significant and essential learning that learners have achieved, and can reliably demonstrate at the end of a course or program. In other words, learning outcomes identify what the learner will know and be able to do by the end of a course or program.
Spady, (1994) , an educational researcher who spearheaded the development of outcomes based education, suggests that the ability demonstrate learning is the key point. This demonstration of learning involves a performance of some kind in order to show significant learning, or learning that matters. He claims that significant content is essential, but that content alone is insufficient as an outcome. Rather, knowledge of content must be manifested through a demonstration process of some kind.
An outcome statement that incorporates this knowledge within a performance demonstration might include: • The learner will have demonstrated the ability to make engine repairs on a variety of automobiles.

In the above statement, the ability to make engine repairs implies…...

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