Gedagtes oor uitkomsgebaseerde onderrig vir die kommunikasiekunde
Van Rheede van Oudtshoorn, G. P.
Kirsten, G. M.
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This article focuses on aspects of Outcomes Based Education (OBE) as a tool for facilitating the acquisition of skills and competencies in the study of Communication Science. It starts off whith an argument for the implementation of a new didactic process. An explanation of the nature of OBE is given with the premise that competencies and skills must be developed during the leaming process. Leaming without the development of contextualised skills and competencies must be eliminated. OBE's components, such as critcal outcomes, specific outcomes and end-product outcomes, are also explained. The traditional input- based education system is compared with OBE and outcomes based leaming processes and assessments are discussed. The article then takes a look at the need for using OBE as a tool in the study of Communication Science. A discussion of the need for OBE follows with an example of the communication industry's (specifically journalism's) needs for competent, skilled entry-level communication practitioners. The article speculates whether OBE might be able to help produce the required results. Finally a few of the problems for implementing OBE, and the realities confronting current tertiary educators of Communication Science, are highlighted.