University of Worcester Worcester Research and Publications

The Learning Outcome in Higher Education: Time to Think Again?

Scott, Ian (2011) The Learning Outcome in Higher Education: Time to Think Again? Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (5). ISSN 2024-8032

WJLTIssue5PersonalperspectivesIScott.pdf - Published Version

Download (146kB) | Preview


As a head of an academic development and practice unit it is with some trepidation that I set out to write this critique of learning outcomes. For the learning outcome has become the bed-rock of the infra-structure that determines quality assurance processes in higher education in the UK and elsewhere. In theory, they should be used to design courses, determine appropriate learning opportunities, measure the level of courses and provide the standard against which students‟ achievement can be measured. In this article I will argue that the learning outcome is a false god, to whom too much attention is paid and probably by the wrong people. It is important to say, that I am not the first to make this case, but do so in the hope of raising a greater level of critical discourse on what has become a hegemony within higher education.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information:

Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (WJLT) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by the University of Worcester to disseminate academic articles, project reports and personal perspectives about Learning and Teaching written by staff associated with the University and its partners.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: learing outcomes, higher education, student centred learning, learning, teaching,
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Related URLs:
Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2011 14:22
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2021 09:24

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item
Worcester Research and Publications is powered by EPrints 3 which is developed by the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. More information and software credits.