Understandings of the higher education curriculum in Vietnam

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Phan, Thach N., Lupton, Mandy and Watters, James J.. (2016). Understandings of the higher education curriculum in Vietnam. Higher Education Research and Development. 35(6), pp. 1256 - 1268. https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2016.1149693
AuthorsPhan, Thach N., Lupton, Mandy and Watters, James J.

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.

Keywordscurriculum; higher education; Vietnam
JournalHigher Education Research and Development
Journal citation35 (6), pp. 1256 - 1268
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2016.1149693
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84961209712
Page range1256 - 1268
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