In Learning through play children are not made aware of specific goals but planned, beneficial outcomes result from the activity nevertheless.
Therefore the term learning outcome is replacing objective in some educational organisations. In some organisations the term learning outcome is used in the part of a course description where aims are normally found. One can equate aims to intended learning outcomes and objectives to measured learning outcomes. A third category of learning outcome is the unintended learning outcome which would include beneficial outcomes that were neither planned nor sought but are simply observed.
Whatever way, desalinating learning outcomes has proven useful to us in our conferences with parents. While we caution pigeon-holing individual students into neat categories it does lend a sense of direction, orientation and purpose to our emergent curriculum.This is critical to the success of compatibility of our programme/students with their education systems.Given our ideal model is the Singapore system how close are our kids to being able to transfer to one of their schools?
The following was from a broadcast by the Singapore based Channel News Asia broadcast on 11/6/2013.
SINGAPORE: By the end of this year, there will be a formal set of developmental and curriculum guidelines for children aged between 18 months and six years.
Acting Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing revealed this in an exclusive Singapore Tonight interview.
The guidelines will not only help parents get their children to learn at a pace suited to their age but also benchmark the childcare sector.
With different operators offering a diverse range of programmes, parents shopping for their child’s development programmme are sometimes at a loss. Experts have said the key lies in choosing programmes that are “age-appropriate”.