Outcomes assessment is a recent development in education that looks in detail at what students can do, rather than what they know. Outcomes assessment lets teachers state a full range of criteria for a given piece of work, and teacher and student subsequently have a broad ground for discussion. For each project, a list of desired positive outcomes shows the student what aspects of his or her work are important and to what group each belongs. The criteria should be a balance of the conceptual, creative, and technical, or students will concentrate on smooth technique rather than trying to say something—which should always be the object of every piece of work.

Given that a term's work will have several projects, ...

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