A Development of Training Curriculum for Enhancing Competencies of Academic Program Chiefs in Rajabhat Mahasarakham University
The purposes of this research were to study levels of competencies and needs assessment to develop of RMU academic program chiefs, to develop a training curriculum, and to study the results of using the training curriculum. This research and development was organized into 3 phases. Phase 1 was studying competency levels and needs assessment to develop of RMU academic chiefs. Competencies and needs assessment questionnaires were used with 75 academic chiefs, and 20 administrators and related personnel were interviewed. Phase 2 dealt with the developing of training curriculum for enhancing competencies, a draft of curriculum was criticized and appropriateness evaluated by 15 experts. On phase 3 the developed curriculum was tried out through 30 RMU academic chiefs, using rubrics scoring technique evaluated the competencies of trainees through workings and learning logs. The research statistics were basic statistics and content analysis. Results of the research were as follows:
1) competencies of RMU academic program chiefs as overall at a high level. When each competency was considered, it found that the 3 competencies at the highest level were commitment in working, have vision in management, and have service mind, where as the 3 lowest level were knowledge and understanding in budget management, ability to meeting operation, ability to empower others, and knowledge and understanding in academic legal. The needs assessment to develop were found that: the academic program chiefs wanted to develop themselves in 15 titles, the 3 rd significance titles were direction of Thai higher education, knowledge of teaching in 21st century, and knowledge of curriculum and learning. 2) The results of curriculum developing were found that: curriculum structure consisted of 6 factors and contents were divided into 7 learning units. The evaluated appropriate were at a high level. 3) The results of curriculum testing were found that: the trainees had competencies in a very good level (the pass criteria was good or higher level). Recommendations concerning policy of the RMU were using this curriculum as a standard curriculum for enhancing competencies of the academic program chiefs.
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