ERIC Number: ED230230
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov-4
Reference Count: 0
A Synopsis of Keeping Occupational Education Current: Formation and Evaluation--DACUM.
The DACUM (Developing a Curriculum) process is described in this paper as a method for designing a curriculum that is responsive to the needs of business, industry, health, and public service fields. First, a variety of methods of curriculum development are contrasted with the DACUM process, which involves the construction of a single-sheet performance profile for an occupational field, which is subdivided into individual performances needed to enable an individual to function competently in that general area. After a brief history of the DACUM process, the importance and tasks of a panel of experts and a DACUM facilitator are discussed. This section indicates that the panel, comprised of 7 to 12 experts from the occupational field under analysis, specifies the day-to-day performances needed for career success, and that the DACUM facilitator has responsibility for clarifying panel contributions, balancing group participation, and setting the group pace. Next, the seven-stage process of developing a DACUM chart is outlined. This process includes the orientation of the panel, definition of the occupation, listing of areas of competence, creation of performance statements, review, and revision. Then, the purposes for which DACUM charts can be used are specified (e.g., student recruitment, evaluation of credit, and curriculum review). Finally, the paper discusses the benefits for colleges of using the DACUM process. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: DACUM Process
Note: Paper presented at the Great Lakes Regional Conference of the American Technical Education Association (Toledo, OH, November 4, 1982).