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ERIC Number: EJ818735
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0141-8211
Applying the ECTS System to the Childhood Education Teaching Degree in Andalusia
Serrano, Rosario Merida; Romero, Julia Angulo; Del Pino, Carmen Gil
European Journal of Education, v43 n4 p527-543 Dec 2008
This article presents the research conducted as part of a Pilot Experiment regarding the application of the ECTS to the Childhood Education Teaching Degree taught at the University of Cordoba (Spain). It analyses the Experiment, which was carried out in the Education Faculty over the course of three academic years (2004/05, 2005/06 and 2006/07). The research questions were: (1) How much do the students taking part in the Pilot Experiment know about the different competences? (2) How much time do the students need to prepare each subject? and (3) What are the methodological skills used by lecturers as a means of improving autonomous learning? Several tools were used: "Initial Student Assessment for the ECTS Pilot Experiment in Childhood Education", and three Likert Scales: a) "Competence Assessment Scale for UCO's Childhood Education Teaching Degree", b) "Competence Achievement Assessment Scale for UCO's Childhood Education Teaching Degree", c) "Assessment Scale for Subject Methodology in relation to the Application of ECTS" and the organisation of Focus Groups. The most important conclusions were: (1) The specific professional competences established in the educational profile of this degree course are very highly rated by the students; (2) According to the students, the workload for certain subjects, in terms of the number of hours devoted to them, is excessively high and not proportional to the number of credits they account for, and (3) There has been an acceptable level of exchange among teaching staff regarding the instruments and methodological strategies used to promote students' autonomous work. (Contains 7 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain (Andalusia)