The Virtuous Circle or Pedagogical Vitality in Programs of Study
Based on their own experience at Cégep de Sainte-Foy, the authors of this article give us a fresh perspective on implementing the competency-based approach and shed light on the ensuing pedagogical dynamics. After describing the context that led to the educational renewal and the advent of the Commission d'évaluation de l'enseignement collégial, as well as the latter’s contribution, the authors discuss the questions, the work being done, the difficulties and advances being made by the teams of teachers. At their own college, a local development framework for the program was elaborated with two determining elements as major axes: the work done within the program-teams and a thorough analysis of the ministerial program. The new objective of developing an overall program vision must be reflected in local orientations which not only determine the educational choices but also affect the analysis of competencies. The same applies for establishing the course schedule and drafting the specifications for each course. After mentioning the teachers’ change in attitudes toward the suggested process, the authors emphasize the in-depth pedagogical reflection that ensues. To conclude, they present new perspectives in experimentation, a sure sign of educational vitality and one that greatly enriches student learning.
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