ERIC Number: EJ717870
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Reference Count: 20
Mapping Generic Skills Curricula: A Recommended Methodology
Robley, Will; Whittle, Sue; Murdoch-Eaton, Deborah
Journal of Further and Higher Education, v29 n3 p221-231 Aug 2005
Since the 1997 Dearing Report, generic skills development has become an essential part of higher education in the UK. Generic skills programmes are, in the main, either run in parallel with existing curricula or "embedded" within them. In 1993 the General Medical Council introduced student selected components (SSCs) into the UK medical curriculum with the intention of "embedding" generic skills into undergraduate medical study. The SSC programme at Leeds School of Medicine was designed to develop specific generic skills in early focused projects and then allow students to practise these skills in clinical settings in later projects. In order to evaluate this programme, a methodology was devised to map the generic skills curriculum to an externally derived consensus on SSC outcomes. English's model, mapping "declared", "delivered" and "learned" curricula, was used and a fourth, "assessed" map added to check the "alignment" of the curriculum through all its stages. Data for the maps were gathered from curriculum documentation, project supervisors and students using document scrutiny, questionnaires, interviews and focus groups. The methodology was run over a complete academic year for the entire programme. It proved valuable for mapping any "embedded" generic skills programme to evaluate its success by collecting data from all stakeholders.
Descriptors: Medical Schools, Program Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Job Skills, Skill Development, Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Questionnaires, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Leeds)