The aim of this international workshop organised by Cedefop was to debate about innovative curriculum policies and practices in Europe and beyond, and define new lines for future research. The focus of the workshop was on outcome-oriented (learning outcomes and competence-based) approaches to curriculum development, particularly (but not only) for vocational education and training.
Participants representing 20 countries as well as the European Commission, the World Bank, the OECD-CERI (Centre for Educational Research and Innovation) and UNESCO-IBE (International Bureau of Education) discussed the draft findings of Cedefop forthcoming study on: Exploring the relationship between learning outcomes and VET curricula. This study examines how the shift to a learning outcomes approach affects curricula and learning programmes in vocational education and training in nine European countries.
Discussions in four working tables focused on:
- the understanding of learning outcomes and its role in reforming curricula
- different methods for curriculum development and stakeholder involvement
- the institutional implications for implementing outcome-oriented curricula
- the pedagogical implications for delivering new curricula
This workshop was carried out based on an innovative approach allowing participants to interact, share experience and brainstorm on the various issues. The conclusions and working reports produced from this workshop, as well as, related publications and notes collected by the participants are available for download from the links below.