A critical analysis of a master course in gerontology

Iwarsson, Susanne (2013) A critical analysis of a master course in gerontology. Education, 3 6: 325-332. doi:10.5923/j.edu.20130306.07

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Author Iwarsson, Susanne
Title A critical analysis of a master course in gerontology
Journal name Education
ISSN 2162-9463
Publication date 2013-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5923/j.edu.20130306.07
Open Access Status
Volume 3
Issue 6
Start page 325
End page 332
Total pages 8
Place of publication Rosemead, CA, United States
Publisher Scientific & Academic Publishing
Language eng
Abstract The aim of this paper is to present an approach to critical appraisal of a Master course in gerontology, based on a three-folded analysis framework comprised of constructive alignment according to Biggs & Tang, the Structure of the Observed Learning Outcome (SOLO) Taxonomy and the Framework for Qualifications in the European Higher Education Area (EQF-HE). The analysis revealed several areas for improvement, for example that the course seemed somewhat overloaded with content, with potentially negative consequences for the depth of understanding. Moreover, there was close to perfect correspondence between the ordinance text and the learning outcomes stated in the syllabus for the Master program of which the course was a part, indicating that there might have been little student involvement in the course development. Recommendations based on the findings suggest needs for optimization regarding the alignment of program and course learning outcomes, teaching and learning activities, and examination. Students should be involved in the reformulation of the learning outcomes. This paper contributes to laying the ground for systematic revision and optimization of course curricula at Master’s level in gerontology.
Keyword Bologna agreement
Constructive alignment
Health Sciences
European Higher Education Area
Occupational Therapy
SOLO Taxonomy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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