ERIC Number: ED203954
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-20
Reference Count: 0
Gateway Technical Institute Competency Based Education: Case Study of College-wide Instructional Improvement.
Kaprelian, Nancy; Perona, Jerry
The curriculum revision project described in this paper was initiated by Gateway Technical Institute (Wisconsin) in 1976 in order to implement competency-based education (CBE) in Gateway's vocational/technical programs. The paper first defines the key elements of CBE as implemented at Gateway, which were developed on the basis of an analysis of Gateway's needs for a curriculum revision process, improved career counseling, expanded articulation, a process for awarding credit for lifelong learning, improved communication with employers through competency certificates, and expanded program flexibility. The paper then discusses the steps in the curriculum revision: (1) organization of a CBE steering committee and CBE Curriculum Center; (2) preparation of reference tools and manuals; (3) development of program goal statements; (4) identification and descriptions of the jobs for which each program provides training; (5) preparation of job mobility charts; (6) identification of competencies for each entry-level job; (7) translation of specific job tasks into Broad Competencies for instruction; and (8) sequencing of behavioral objectives into courses. The paper then identifies the components of Broad Competency learning modules around which the revised curriculum was based and the elements of the student assessment process. The paper then describes the development and format of Individualized Learning Packages and concludes with a list of revision results. (AYC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Gateway Technical Institute WI
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (61st, Washington, DC, April 20-22, 1981).