ERIC Number: ED235844
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
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Modifications in the DACUM Process of Curriculum Development at Daytona Beach Community College.
Klingman, Peter D.; Gardner, W. Aubrey
The DACUM (Developing a Curriculum) process has helped Daytona Beach Community College (DBCC) resolve several important issues in competency-based instruction. DACUM involves expert workers in defining and describing their jobs. A panel of workers and supervisors identify general areas of competence required in their jobs; specify skills within the competency areas; write and prioritize explicit and accurate skill statements; and reach consensus on the accuracy of the resulting skill chart. The DACUM chart can be used in student evaluations using a rating scale reflecting four levels of performance typically found or demanded in industry. At DBCC, a number of modificatons in the DACUM process have been made to reduce the time involved in chart construction and produce a chart more adaptable to the classroom competency-based instructional mode. These modifications have included: (1) the institution of an orientation session for panelists to introduce competency-based instructional terminology; (2) visits by DACUM coordinators (who are not typically experienced in the occupations under analysis, but have familiarity with curriculum development across occupations) to job sites to help them make appropriate suggestions to facilitate the DACUM process; and (3) the use of DACUM in faculty evaluation and in defining counseling department tasks and job descriptions. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Daytona Beach Community Coll., FL.