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Journal:   JOURNAL OF CURRICULUM STUDIES (J.C.S.)   summer 2017 , Volume 12 , Number 45 #g00645; Page(s) 143 To 174.

A Comparative Study of Technical and Vocational Curriculum with an Emphasis on Entrepreneurial Intention in Canada, Germany, India and Iran

Author(s):  Baniameriyan M., JAVADIPOUR M., HAKIMZADEH R., DORRANI K., Khodet E., MOBARAKI M.H.
The purpose of this research to compare vocational curriculum in three successful countries in education of vocational skills and entrepreneurship in comparison with Iran. In this study, the practical descriptive research was performed within comparative-study method of George Brody. The purposes, contents, and methods of teaching and assessment were investigated by though the approach of developing the learners’ motivations for entrepreneurship. The results of this study showed that curriculum purposes and contents in Iran and the three chosen countries are similar and they move toward cultivating motivations and skills for entrepreneurship. In Canada and Germany, education of international work force is one of the purposes of the curriculum. The surveyed content of the curriculum of Iran and the three chosen countries are similar and they focus on technology and information, science of communication, acquiring international languages with environment as the complementary contents in three countries’ curriculum. Courses such as management of business and knowledge of entrepreneurship between are common the three countries and Iran, but a big gap was detected between acquisition-education activities and evaluation in the three chosen countries and Iran. In Iran, the traditional methods are used, while in the three chosen countries the main method is based on teamwork. Regarding assessment, various methods is employed the three chosen countries use (such as assessment teams, self-evaluation and evaluation of learners’ research-based projects), whereas, in Iran the written and verbal tests are widely implemented.
Keyword(s): curriculum,technical and vocational,entrepreneurship education,entrepreneurial intent,comparative study
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