A theoretical framework for measuring the quality of student learning in outcomes-based education

  • R Killen University of Newcastle (Australia)
  • SA Hattingh University of Pretoria


The most important principles of outcomes-based education is that planning, teaching and assessment should focus on helping learners to achieve significant outcomes to high standards. This cannot be achieved without having suitable ways to describe desired learning outcomes and the quality of students' demonstrations of learning. This article outlines a systematic approach to defining outcomes and describing the relationship between learners' responses to assessment items and their levels of understanding. The approach is based on the SOLO taxonomy with multimodal functioning B a means of analyzing learner understanding that is based on modes of thinking, forms of knowledge and ways of structuring knowledge.

SAJHE Vol.18(1) 2004: 72-86

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