ERIC Number: ED253693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Curriculum Development and Adaptation in Vocational Education in Taiwan, Republic of China.
Chang, Tien-Jin Frank
Taiwan has recently changed from an agricultural to an industry-intensive society. Vocational education should assume the responsibility of educating students to meet the manpower needs of industry, and vocational education programs have rapidly expanded. The government lists technical and vocational education as one of the top priorities in the industrial construction project. To achieve its primary goal of preparing manpower for meaningful employment in industries, vocational education must ensure that the curriculum reflects actual employment needs, both in types of employment and in skill levels. Two factors that should be considered in the adaptation of vocational and technical education curricula are the individual aspect and socioeconomic aspect. Curricular content should be adapted to help students cope with the demands of the nation's economic growth and also to meet individual needs. The ideal curriculum development team includes individuals with expertise in: curriculum design (educators, curriculum specialists, students), pedagogy (technical-vocational teachers), and socioeconomic sciences (administrators, politicans, industrialists, economists, and sociologists). A curriculum management system can be divided into three processes: planning (define objectives and set priorities of curriculum development), organizing (develop a curriculum and specify performance criteria), and controlling (conduct internal evaluation, produce revised draft, and try out curriculum). (Nine figures are provided.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Anaheim, CA, December 1-6, 1983).