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Initiating curriculum revision: exploring the practices of educational developers

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Abstract:

Curriculum revision is an important part of academic work. Despite theoretical literature on curriculum development and design, there is a scarcity of literature available for either academic staff or novice educational developers on the initiation of this curriculum revision process. This study, therefore, set out to explore the practices of experienced Irish and UK educational developers working in this area. A mixture of in-depth interviews followed by a semi-structured questionnaire was used to explore the approaches of these educational developers. The results suggest that curriculum revision tends to benefit from initial, intensive dialogue between educational developers and academic staff, and that such initial interaction provides an important understanding of the context in which the curriculum revision occurs. This paper highlights that despite some suggested starting points at programme and module level, educational developers should be open and flexible in their approach to this activity. La revision des cursus represente une part importante du travail academique. En depit de la documentation theorique au sujet du developpement et du design curriculaire, tres peu de documentation existe en lien avec le processus de revision des cursus. Cette etude vise donc a explorer les pratiques de conseillers pedagogiques experimentes, irlandais et britanniques, oeuvrant dans ce domaine. Des entretiens en profondeur suivis d'un questionnaire semi-structure ont ete utilises de facon a explorer les approches de ces conseillers pedagogiques. Les resultats suggerent que la revision des cursus tire generalement profit d'un dialogue initial approfondi entre les conseillers pedagogiques et le personnel academique, et que cette interaction initiale fournit une base de comprehension importante du contexte au sein duquel la revision du cursus prend forme. Cet article met en lumiere le fait que, en depit de points de depart predetermines au niveau du programme ou du module, les conseillers pedagogiques devraient faire preuve d'ouverture et de flexibilite dans leur approche a l'egard de cette activite.

Keywords: curriculum design; curriculum revision; educational development

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13601440903529927

Affiliations: University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Publication date: 2010-03-01

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