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    DACUM training


  • DACUM is an acronym that stands for Developing A CurriculUM

    Can be used for: It is used by:
    Job Analysis Educators (HS & College)
    Process Analysis Business & Industry Trainers
    Conceptual Analysis Government & Military Trainers

    At SCC:

    • DACUM is used to ensure curriculum is up-to-date.
    • Nearly all programs of study participate; 5-year cycle.
    • DACUM workshops typically take one full day (8 a.m.-4 p.m.).

    The DACUM Philosophy:

    • Expert workers can describe and define their job more accurately than anyone else.
    • An effective way to define a job is to precisely describe the duties/tasks that expert workers perform.
    • All tasks, in order to be performed correctly, demand certain knowledge, skills, tools, and worker behaviors. (These are called “Enabler Lists.”)
    • SCC’S Goal: Teach what should be taught; don’t teach what should not be taught (for example, do we really need to teach VCR repair anymore?)

    How does it work?

    • A DACUM workshop involves a “panel of experts” (6-12 people) in the field.
    • Panels include workers in the first 3-5 years of employment.
    • Workshops are held at SCC. They are facilitated by SCC faculty and staff.
    • After the DACUM workshop, the program compares its core classes to the duties and tasks from the DACUM chart, completing a curriculum map to identify any gaps in what is being taught.