ERIC Number: ED244697
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
From Industry to Assignment: Developing Curriculum through Industry Liaison.
Responding to the increasing use of the DACUM (Developing A Curriculum) process as a means of meeting industry demands for relevant curricula, this paper describes an approach supplementing DACUM with direct contact with industry. Following introductory material on the increasing emphasis on meeting industry's needs for training, discussions are provided of the DACUM process, the barriers to using DACUM, and DACUM's limitations with respect to providing detailed guidance. The next section suggests that the DACUM group workshop approach be modified by specific needs assessments and personal contacts with business representatives. Four methods of obtaining industry input are then discussed: group interviews, advisory committees, survey questionnaires, and individual interviews. The next section offers advice on developing industry contacts. The following sections highlight the kinds of assistance in course and assignment development that instructors can gain through industry contacts, stressing the importance of confidentiality and the role of the industry contact as advisor. Next, suggestions are provided on modifying industry materials for use as course assignments. Finally, the benefits of industry contacts are discussed. Appended materials include a worksheet on transforming an industry sample into a course assignment and examples of assignments based on actual industry situations. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Conference of the Canadian Vocational Association and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (Vancouver, British Columbia, May 28-31, 1984).