Open Curriculum

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Description

The open curriculum is an integral part of the school's annual work plan, which provides educational program providers the opportunity to formulate, together with the social partners, objectives, competences and contents
An open curriculum is part of an educational program (approximately 20%) which is determined by the school in cooperation with representatives of companies, institutions, other social partners in a local or regional environment. The open curriculum is an integral part of the school's annual work plan, which is approved by the school board. The open curriculum gives educational program providers the opportunity to formulate, together with the social partners, the objectives, competences and contents of the open curriculum modules in accordance with the needs of the economy and the environment, to follow new developments in the professional fields, to develop specialized knowledge and skills and to train employees with competitive knowledge and skills that are sought after and recognized in the labour market.

Partners

Secondary school for economics, services and civil construction

Aim

Design of modules that contribute to the improved employability of students after graduation.
Greater autonomy in the organization of the school in the environment and offering specialized knowledge in the professional field.
Creation of additional opportunities for the school to cooperate with employers and to develop additional competences of the students.

Outcomes

Impacts/Outcomes 1:
Expanding the objectives within existing professional modules / subject areas and creating a realistic picture of the needs of employers in schools.
Extension of the goals of the professional modules / professional content sections not covered by the national educational program.
Extension of general education subjects that are not an integral part of the national educational program - foreign language, informatics.

Impacts/Outcomes 2:
Participation of social partners in the preparation of knowledge catalogs.
Deepen the knowledge of existing general education subjects and add new knowledge.
Enhance the skills of existing professional modules and add new expertise.

Impacts/Outcomes 3:
Knowledge and skills in the fields of communication, rhetoric, organization of work, safety at work, command of typing, languages, informatics and use of computer aided technologies. Develop additional competency for students.

Policy/Initiative

Skills Gaps:
Responsibility to work and colleagues, social skills, functional literacy, personal orientation.
Mis-Matching of Skills:
Suggest open curriculum goals and competencies.
Giving constructive suggestions from social partners to design open curriculum modules.
Planning an open curriculum and placing it in an implementation curriculum is a great innovation for schools, since in the old educational programs everything was defined and prescribed in the curriculum.

Skills Shortages:
The opening of educational programs gives schools autonomy and the opportunity to pursue their developmental and strategic goals and to create recognition and reputation in the environment in which they operate.
Participation in the preparation of knowledge catalogs.
To equip students with additional expertise.

Other:
Collaboration and a realistic view of setting goals and competencies that will be pursued and developed in an open curriculum

Recommendations

Training:
Co-designing the professional skills and practical qualifications of students in accordance with the needs of employers.
Provide knowledge in the areas that they will need on a daily basis to carry out their work or profession.
Develop work habits.

Career Moves:
Care for the preservation and development of the professions.
Mobility:
To prepare students for employment or self-employment in order to increase employment opportunities.
Entrepreneurship Opportunities:
Collaboration has increased the opportunity for practical training through work.
The involvement of the social partners is most intense in giving ideas of what goals and competences the school should pursue in its individual curricula within the open curriculum.
The extent of the active involvement of the social partners varies (some only work with proposals, with a smaller proportion being involved in the creation of an open curriculum), and we expect that it depends on employers' beliefs about the importance of their input into future staff and personal preferences for teaching.

Other EQF-Level:
The open curriculum is aimed at the student, providing the most relevant skills for their better employability, and also enables the provision of specialized skills in professional fields.
The importance of schools' involvement with employers is strongly emphasized.

Transfer in Europe:
Exercising a certain number of hours per week throughout the school year.
Concise implementation in a shorter period of time (block execution).
A combination of year-round and concise implementation.

Other:
Employers expect that students will acquire all the expected practical knowledge and skills at school.
Employers have a diametrically opposed view of the education process and high expectations regarding the skills of students.
The social partners have little knowledge of new developments in the education system, educational programs and implementation concepts.
The open curriculum is becoming an important area of cooperation between the local environment, the economy and service activities with schools.
Information sharing contributes to the creation of an open curriculum as part of an educational program that is adaptable to contemporary employers' needs.
Schools do not use the local media for this purpose.

The most common ways to publish an open curriculum are through a school website, a school publication, a bulletin board for teachers, and a bulletin board for students.

Training:Co-designing the professional skills and practical qualifications of students in accordance with the needs of employers.
Provide knowledge in the areas that they will need on a daily basis to carry out their work or profession.
Develop work habits.
Career Moves:Care for the preservation and development of the professions.Mobility:To prepare students for employment or self-employment in order to increase employment opportunities.Entrepreneurship Opportunities:Collaboration has increased the opportunity for practical training through work.
The involvement of the social partners is most intense in giving ideas of what goals and competences the school should pursue in its individual curricula within the open curriculum.
The extent of the active involvement of the social partners varies (some only work with proposals, with a smaller proportion being involved in the creation of an open curriculum), and we expect that it depends on employers' beliefs about the importance of their input into future staff and personal preferences for teaching.
Other EQF-Level:The open curriculum is aimed at the student, providing the most relevant skills for their better employability, and also enables the provision of specialized skills in professional fields.
The importance of schools' involvement with employers is strongly emphasized.
Transfer in Europe:Exercising a certain number of hours per week throughout the school year.
Concise implementation in a shorter period of time (block execution).
A combination of year-round and concise implementation.
Other:Employers expect that students will acquire all the expected practical knowledge and skills at school.
Employers have a diametrically opposed view of the education process and high expectations regarding the skills of students.
The social partners have little knowledge of new developments in the education system, educational programs and implementation concepts.
The open curriculum is becoming an important area of cooperation between the local environment, the economy and service activities with schools.
Information sharing contributes to the creation of an open curriculum as part of an educational program that is adaptable to contemporary employers' needs.
Schools do not use the local media for this purpose.

The most common ways to publish an open curriculum are through a school website, a school publication, a bulletin board for teachers, and a bulletin board for students.

Contact Information

Name of Organisation:School Centre Kranj
Role:partner
Address:Kidričeva cesta 55, 4000 Kranj
Zip/City:Kranj
Country:Slovenia
Email:info@sckr.si
Website:https://www.sckr.si
Contact Person
Contact Name:Nada Šmid
Contact Phone:+38642804000
Contact Email:nada.smid@sckr.si
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