Anne Syomwene


Emerging educational trends globally and the changing needs of society and learners dictate the need for regular curriculum reviews and development in higher education. This is a concept paper on the curriculum design process for Competency Based Higher Education. The drive to write this concept paper was induced by curriculum reforms in Kenya in basic education levels with a focus on Competency Based Curriculum. The paper draws examples from the experiences and expectations in Kenya. The author of this paper is a specialist in Curriculum Studies and a senior faculty member in School of Education in a public university in Kenya and wished to contribute to this area for quality higher education. The paper discusses the need for Competency Based Higher Education and the theoretical perspectives that inform the curriculum design process for Competency Based Higher Education. The paper expounds on effective strategies and actions in the curriculum design process for Competency Based Higher Education for quality and relevance. The paper uses documentary analysis method in achieving the purpose. The ideas advanced in this paper add on the available literature on Competency Based Education and curriculum design activities. Universities and ministries of education will find the paper useful in the curriculum design endeavours for higher education and especially on curriculum design for Competency Based Higher Education.


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