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In Taiwan, curriculum standards for senior vocational schools and junior colleges are administered and promulgated by the Ministry of Education approximately every 10 years. Curricula for institutes of technology are principally school based. As a result of critiques of the current top-down or administration-based approach system of curriculum standard revision, five technological/technical and vocational education (TVE) curriculum development centers have been established. Senior vocational curriculum standards are under revision to reflect the need to strengthen students' basic academic skills by expanding the provision of basic skills courses; relieve students' study load by lessening the number of required courses; and encourage school-based curriculum development by allowing schools to design a part of their curricula to meet local needs. Current junior college curriculum standards have been in effect since the 1995 school year. The main ways in which relevance of the TVE curriculum and its development can be ensured areas follows: critical exploring or planning processes must be completed before every curriculum standard revision; performance standards should be developed to guide TVE curriculum development; criteria must be set and evaluated conducted to guarantee effective curriculum development; a school-based curriculum should be implemented; and greater involvement of industry and inclusion of work-based learning should be pursued. (A Chinese language version is attached.) (Contains six references.) (YLB)

Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Standards, Technical Education, Technical Institutes, Vocational Education, Vocational Schools

Autor: Lee, Lung-Sheng Steven; Hwang, Jenq-Jye


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