Curriculum GUIDELINES - Second Guideline
DEFINE THE CONTENT AND GOALS OF THE CURRICULUM BY ESTABLISHING THE STUDENTS’ NEEDS.
Curricula are sometimes developed by merely looking at the structure and content of certain subjects (= “subject-oriented curricula”), rather than considering the learning needs of CHAGAL students at university level (= “student-centred curriculum”). To properly prepare students to meet the requirements and challenges at university, there should be a direct relationship between content and goals of the curriculum and the students’ needs.
A student-centred approach helps CHAGAL students since they very often have specific needs which are not considered when curricula are only subject-oriented.
- Efforts should be made to find out about objective student needs by
- Consulting CHAGAL students through the use of questionnaires and discussion groups for example;
- Referring to studies that deal with the particular needs of the target group and implementing them if necessary;
- Initiating research in this area.
- Objective student needs should be reflected on and should become part of the curriculum.
- There should be a common understanding of the concept of “key-competences” of preparatory institutions and universities or institutions of higher education.