Generic Learning Outcomes

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The Generic Learning Outcomes are underpinned by a broad definition of learning which identifies benefits that people gain from interacting with museums, libraries and archives.


Click on each of the five circles to reveal a more detailed description of each outcome

Activity, behaviour and progression Enjoyment, inspiration and creativity Attitudes and values Skills Knowledge and understanding

Knowledge & Understanding

  • Knowing what or about something
  • Learning facts or information
  • Making sense of something
  • Deepening understanding
  • How museums, libraries and archives operate
  • Making links and relationships between things

Activity, Behaviour & Progression

  • What people do
  • What people intend to do
  • What people have done
  • Reported or observed actions
  • A change in the way people manage their lives


  • Knowing how to do something
  • Being able to do new things
  • Intellectual skills
  • Information management skills
  • Social skills
  • Communication skills
  • Physical skills

Enjoyment, Inspiration, Creativity

  • Having fun
  • Being surprised
  • Innovative thoughts
  • Creativity
  • Exploration, experimentation and making
  • Being inspired

Attitudes & Values

  • Feelings
  • Perceptions
  • Opinions about ourselves (e.g. self esteem)
  • Opinions or attitudes towards other people
  • Increased capacity for tolerance
  • Empathy
  • Increased motivation
  • Attitudes towards an organisation
  • Positive and negative attitudes in relation to an experience

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