Studying the Role and Position of Employers in the Process of Evaluating University Curricula in the Humanities Disciplines of the Top Universities of the Country and the World in order to Design a Desired Scale

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The aim of this study was to investigate the role of employers in the evaluation of curricula of the top universities of the country and the world in order to design a scale for employers. The research method has been a sequential exploratory mixed method of instrumentation types and the statistical population consisted of six groups. The first group is comprised of faculty members and experts in curriculum development of the top universities. The second group includes officials and educational planning centers of the top universities. The third group consists of relevant officials of the Ministry of Science, and the fourth group is the world’s top universities. Also, the fifth group involves instructors of master's degrees in educational sciences, social sciences and administrative sciences from public universities, and the sixth group consists of employers. Besides, data assimilation tools, semi-organized interviews, document analysis, and researcher-made scales are used in the research process. The findings show that in the world’s top universities, there is a close relationship between the university and the employers. Employers have roles such as helping to develop curricula, setting professional standards for jobs, assessing students' knowledge and skills, accreditation of curricula, explaining expectations to graduates, job counseling, and even teaching. In comparison, in the country's top universities, employers, except for a few cases, do not participate in the process of developing and evaluating curricula. By using the data, a curriculum evaluation scale has been developed from the opinion of employers, including 21 phrases and six open-ended questions.




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