The adoption of learning outcomes approaches in education and training is affecting the way in which curricula are designed and delivered. As Cedefop's recent Briefing Note explains, outcomes-based curricula seem to increase learner motivation, forge stronger links between theoretical and practical learning, raise participation rates and improve learners’ prospects on the labour market. But to ensure success, these curricula need to be carefully designed, delivered and assessed - a process which requires the involvement of key stakeholders and well-trained teachers.
Outcome-based curricula are currently being introduced across Europe - not just in vocational education and training, but also in higher education and, increasingly, in general education. Cedefop is currently carrying out a comparative research study to identify and analyse current curriculum policies and practices in 32 countries.