DACUM is an acronym that stands for
Developing A CurriculUM
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- 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.