Understandings of the higher education curriculum in Vietnam

Phan, Thach N., Lupton, Mandy, & Watters, James J. (2016) Understandings of the higher education curriculum in Vietnam. Higher Education Research and Development, 35(6), pp. 1256-1268.

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Abstract

The Vietnamese higher education context is characterised by state control including the state’s development of curriculum frameworks and materials. Institutional autonomy has been ratified by the government, however, in practice universities seem to have little control over curriculum. In order for universities to develop more ownership of curriculum, it is necessary to explore the foundational understandings of curriculum held by stakeholders. Thus, this paper explores the understandings of curriculum expressed by a group of senior staff, academics and students at a Vietnamese university. We found a diversity of understandings that tended to be product-focused, teacher-focused and textbook-driven. We propose that our findings can be used as a starting point for developing more innovative and student-focused understandings of curriculum.

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ID Code: 92890
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: curriculum, higher education, Vietnam, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2016.1149693
ISSN: 1469-8366
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 HERDSA
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Higher Education Research & Development, 08 March 2016, http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/07294360.2016.1149693
Deposited On: 16 Feb 2016 23:56
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2017 05:14

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