Applying curricula design principles to enhance students learning experience via in-class formative assessments

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This research is focused on investigating the application of curricula design theories
as means to improve the delivery of materials for Human Resource Management
(HRM) subject in HND programmes. Analysis of HRM curricula set an emphasis
on the relationship between the materials delivered in educational institutions
and employability skills embraced by students required for further progression in
academia or industry. The research has shown that students have the tendency
to prioritise summative assessments by procrastinating, neglecting and lacking
engagement and participation in class which will then negatively reflect upon
students’ motivation and achievement levels. Therefore, this research seeks to
explore the implications deriving from increasing the in- class formative assessments
as part of curricula design in regards to enhancing students’ engagement,
commitment and motivation. The author believes that strengthening the formative
assessments together with summative assessments will contribute to a better
learning experience, thus equip learners with adequate knowledge to assure smooth
progression to more challenging academic programmes and/or industry related
roles. The methodology of this research will rely on qualitative grounds, applying
observations and focus groups as research techniques. Moreover, the data collected
will be discussed and analysed embracing an interpretivism approach and elements
of reliability and validity are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-14
JournalPractice and Research in Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2016


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