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Learning outcomes

The totality of information, knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values, skills, competencies or behaviours an individual is expected to master upon successful completion of an educational programme.

UIS, ISCED 2011 (International Standard Classification of Education), 2012

Results of what a learner knows, understands and is able to do upon completion of a learning process.

(Comment: Learning outcomes are mainly formulated using either behaviourist or constructivist approaches.)

UNESCO, Level-setting and recognition of learning outcomes: The use of level descriptors in the twenty-first century, 2015

Knowledge, know-how, information, values, skills and competences an individual has acquired and/or is able to demonstrate after completion of a learning process, either formal, non-formal or informal.

Comment In the context of the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning (EQF), learning outcomes are defined in terms of knowledge, skills and responsibility / autonomy.

Source: Cedefop; Council of the European Union, 2017

Cedefop, Glossary. Terminology of European education and training policy, (accessed 03/2023)

The set of knowledge, skills and/or competences an individual acquired and/or is able to demonstrate after completion of a learning process.

UNESCO-UNEVOC/NCVER, TVET glossary: some key terms, 2009

The contextually demonstrated end-products of specific learning processes, which include knowledge, skills and values.

SAQA (South Africa), TVET Standard Glossary of Terms, 2013

  • are clear statements of what a learner can be expected to know, understand, and/or do as a result of a learning experience. (IRR of RA No. 10968)
  • statements of what the individual learner knows, understands and can do on completion of a learning process. They are also used in PQF to describe the level of individual qualification. (TESDA Cicular No. 090, s. 2021)
TESDA (Philippines), TVET glossary of terms (online), (accessed 12/2022)

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