ERIC Number: ED343995
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Report of the Consultancy on Evaluation of the VITB Curriculum Model. A Comprehensive Review of the Curriculum Development Model and Process Used by the Vocational & Industrial Training Board of Singapore (For the Periods 19 February-7 March and 2-25 April, 1990).
Norton, Robert E.
The Vocational and Industrial Training Board (VITB) of Singapore commissioned a review of its curriculum development process in order to identify ways that the process can be made more effective and efficient for trainees. The methodology included briefings, site visits, interviews, and review of curriculum documents. The following strengths of the process were found: high quality curriculum products; dedicated, skilled staff; use of new curriculum processes; state-of-the-art training facilities; industry involvement; and excellent public reputation of the VITB. Areas of concern were also raised: greater focus on content than competencies; lack of flexibility; need for quicker response to technological change; fragmentation of the curriculum development process; need for different types of instructional materials; and lack of encouragement for innovation and experimentation. Short-term, mid-term, and long-term recommendations were made that would accomplish the following: adjust programs to meet the needs of trainees; shorten new program development and course review time; increase knowledge of current skills required by jobs; respond to technological change; reduce process frustration; incorporate new and revised curriculum; and personalize and individualize trainee needs. (Twelve appendices present the following: model for training design and evaluation; organizational structure and major functions of the curriculum development division; VITB curriculum documents; approval of curriculum; consultancy program; list of persons contacted; elements of competency-based education; proposed curriculum model; Systematic Curriculum and Instructional Development systems approach summary; task analysis; task analysis form; and competency-based education and training background paper.) (NLA)
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Certification, Competency Based Education, Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries, Industrial Training, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Secondary Education, Service Occupations, Task Analysis, Trade and Industrial Education, Training Methods, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Vocational & Industrial Training Board, Singapore.