ERIC Number: ED366226
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Collaborative Curriculum Renewal in a Tertiary Vocational Institution in Japan.
Harrison, Ian D.
The process of revising the second language curriculum in a Japanese postsecondary vocational school is described, focusing on the collaborative approach taken. The school provides second language instruction and vocational training in several occupational areas. A number of research teams or "focus groups" were established, each with a clear statement of purpose and goals. The subsequent curriculum renewal process has three phases. In the first, 16 faculty and administrators in three focus groups developed a mission statement and philosophy for the institution, conducted a needs assessment among students, faculty, employers, and high schools, and developed goals and exit-level objectives for each program level. In the second phase, focus groups collated information on research and practice in various aspects of the language curriculum. In the third phase, four focus groups will work on development of curriculum evaluation instruments, faculty evaluation and development needs, provision of teacher and student resources, and student assessment. Lessons learned during the first two phases concern the need for effective communication, curriculum renewal as an opportunity for staff professional development, the role of consultants, and the need to establish realistic schedules. Problems occurring in a situation in which language and content instruction are provided in separate programs are discussed. (MSE)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Consultants, Cooperation, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, Institutional Mission, Instructional Materials, Interprofessional Relationship, Mission Statements, Needs Assessment, Organizational Communication, Postsecondary Education, Program Descriptions, Second Language Programs, Student Evaluation, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Focus Groups Approach; Japan
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Language and Content (Hong Kong, December 1992).