What drives curriculum change?

Gruba, P, Moffat, A, Sondergaard, H and Zobel, J 2004, 'What drives curriculum change?', in Computing Education 2004 - Proceedings of the Sixth Australasian Computing Education Conference, Dunedin, 18 January 2004, pp. 101-107.

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title What drives curriculum change?
Author(s) Gruba, P
Moffat, A
Sondergaard, H
Zobel, J
Year 2004
Conference name Australasian Computing Education Conference
Conference location Dunedin
Conference dates 18 January 2004
Proceedings title Computing Education 2004 - Proceedings of the Sixth Australasian Computing Education Conference
Publisher Australian Computer Society
Place of publication Bedford Park, SA
Start page 101
End page 107
Total pages 7
Abstract While promotional literature about computer science programs may claim that curricula are determined by the needs of the students and by international best practice, the reality is often different. In this paper we reflect on the factors underlying curriculum change in computer science departments and schools, from institutional requirements and financial pressures to purely academic considerations. We have used these reflections as the basis of an investigation of curriculum management practices at institutions in Australasia, via a survey instrument sent to a range of colleagues. Our findings from the survey are consistent with our own experiences, namely, that curriculum change is driven or inhibited by factors such as vocal individuals and practical constraints rather than higher academic motives.
Subjects Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Keyword(s) Computer science programs
Curriculum change
Curriculum management
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