How important is the analysis of learning outcomes?

Today, nothing is inaccessible! Talking about Education, today content is there in abundance. The guardian/teacher can simply browse and show free content to children. Videos, games, worksheets, assessments, ebooks, and what not! Technology has already pervaded the classroom ecosystem. But in such a pool of content, it becomes crucial to check what’s working and what isn’t. For this, it is essential to have learning outcomes.

Firstly, let us understand what learning outcomes are?

We can term learning outcomes as the levels of achievements that can be achieved across the domains of learning. Learning outcomes are what one expects the child would learn or achieve over a period of time. Desired learning outcomes are generally stated while designing the learning objectives.

Why do we need learning outcomes?

Without learning outcomes, learning is meaningless. As the cycle of learning wouldn’t ever be fulfilled and one wouldn’t understand the scope of improvement. If one wishes to see the impact and success of a program, the learning outcomes need to be pre-defined.

Why do we need to analyse learning outcomes?

Writing learning outcomes is a futile exercise unless a thorough analysis is carried out. As an educator, understanding the level of the child is fairly important and lies at the core of teaching children. Analysis of the outcomes helps not only

Benefits of analysing learning outcomes. 

For students:

  • To understand the variations among children’s cognitive abilities
  • If the learning outcomes are mentioned in the beginning then the analysis gives them a clarity of what is expected of them to do and also how much are they capable of doing.
  • It creates awareness of the learning gaps if any. The child can accordingly make changes in his/her learning styles.
  • When children perform beyond expectations, it gives their confidence a boost.

For Teachers:

  • To  get recommendations for improving the teaching-learning environment
  • The whole exercise of writing and analysing learning outcomes eliminates the risk of wasting time and efforts.
  • It demarcates the time for teachers to allocate to each subject/concept.
  • This helps the teacher in understanding the level of the child.
  • On the basis of these outcomes, teachers & students can take decisions and make changes.

For e.g.

If the learning objective is to teach the addition of two-digit number, then learning outcome for the first quarter would be to ensure that children know two-digit numbers. If after analysing, you see that the child doesn’t have a good grasp of the two-digit numbers then before proceeding you will need to reconsider teaching schedule.

In case you skip the analysis of learning outcomes, you would have a bunch of kids who didn’t understand anything. The gaps that are once created in the classroom keep on widening if not addressed at the right time.

Learning gaps can only be bridged when the concepts are hammered well in a  child’s comprehension. Aa meticulous analysis is indispensable if you need children to perform their best.

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