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ERIC Number: EJ812562
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0149-7189
Assessing the Relevance of Higher Education Courses
Gomez, Pedro; Gonzalez, Maria Jose; Gil, Francisco; Lupianez, Jose Luiz; Moreno, Maria Francisco; Rico, Luis; Romero, Isabel
Evaluation and Program Planning, v30 n2 p149-160 May 2007
The establishment of the European Higher Education Area has involved specifying lists of professional competencies that programs are expected to develop, and with this the need for procedures to measure how every course within a higher education program is aligned with the program's competencies. We propose an instrument for characterizing this alignment, a process that we call assessing the relevance of a course. Using information from the course syllabus (objectives, contents and assessment scheme), our instrument produces indicators for characterizing the syllabus in terms of a competence list and for assessing its coherence. Because assessment involves quality, the results obtained can also be used to revise and improve the course syllabus. We illustrate this process with an example of a methods course from a mathematics teacher education program at a Spanish university. (Contains 17 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain