A Curriculum Design Approach to the Improvement of Learning Skills
The continuous upgrading of learning skills is a major impetus for change both in the workplace and in higher education. Universities have confronted the dilemma of inadequately prepared students, for whom lifelong learning is not fully appreciated. Thus, efforts exist to improve learning skills for long term applications.
Workshop participants will complete a proposal for a curriculum design approach to the enhancement of learning skills. Various strategies for embedding learning skills in curricular choices and development will be discussed and a critical analysis of their implications for planning and training will be constructed. Groups will then create a detailed synopsis of ways and means for classroom pedagogy to adapt to the learners, their needs and learning styles. Proposals for the establishment in the learners of processes that support them through career, life and personal decision making will be considered and critically reviewed. Consequences for the program developers of the future, both in terms of required skills and affective orientation, will be considered. Continual reference will be made to technology and its place in this reformulation, taking into account both the strategies and risks of its implementation.
Keywords: Lifelong Learning for the Society of Constant Change, Curriculum and Pedagogy Revisited, Learning Styles, Learner Centered Instruction, Learner Independence
Ms Catherine Owens
Director, Center for Academic Development, Al Akhawayn University