Curricular Design of Higher Education in Colombia From Educational Policies


With the Colombian Constitutional Reform of 1991, the Government ceased to be the sole curriculum designer in educational institutions. With this Reform, the Government fulfills the role of supervision and control of educational quality. On the other hand, the Universities are granted the autonomy for the design of their Institutional Educational Projects, therefore, the design of the educational projects of each academic program offered by the institution, which are inputs for the curricular design of each program. The Government has been fulfilling its function by issuing decrees that include quality conditions. Based on the above, this research aims to describe the changes in curriculum design in Colombia, starting with the first law on higher education after the Reform of the 1991 Constitution, and how universities have migrated from a curriculum design "by objectives" to a design by "competencies," and today the design is based on learning outcomes. From a qualitative research approach supported by theoretical review and documentary analysis, using the Atlas T and the Gaphi, it is concluded that the curricular design in Colombia and its transformations obey international guidelines and maintain the same formal and sequential structure, independent of the norm that governs in each historical moment. What changes is the way of carrying out each of these elements that make up the structure.

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María Eugenia Navas Ríosm, Universidad de Cartagena, Colombia
Emperatriz Londoño Aldana, Universidad de Cartagena, Colombia
Jorge Armando Luna Amador, Universidad de Cartagena, Colombia

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Conference: ECE2023
Stream: Curriculum Design & Development

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Ríosm M., Aldana E., & Amador J. (2023) Curricular Design of Higher Education in Colombia From Educational Policies ISSN: 2188-1162 The European Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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