Subject area descriptors and curriculum reform in European higher education area: a bridging stone or a trap of specialization?

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Abstract

The program of curriculum reform in the European Higher Education Area logically leads from creating and referencing international and national qualification frameworks, implementation of common instruments of quality assurance and learning outcomes, towards coordination of curricula in sectors and particular subject areas. Such direction for the second decade of Bologna Process was formulated in policy documents of Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve Ministerial Conference. Nonetheless, the analysis of the examples of curriculum regulation in Lithuanian higher education legislation shows that this direction may lead towards excessive specialization and narrow professionalization of study programmes. This evidence brings the discussion back to questions on degree and a cycle of higher education and how subject-specific disciplinary orientation of the curriculum can coexist with interdisciplinary dimension of studies and development of broader competences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-93
JournalJournal of the European higher education area
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • Higher education
  • Lithuania
  • Reform

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