Quotation Knassmüller, Monika, Marks, Peter. 2019. Curriculum Design in Public Administration Bachelor and Master Programs. EGPA Annual Conference (European Group for Public Administration), Belfast, Irland, 11.09.-13.09.2019.




There is no concurred definition of curriculum or program, as those terms are used interchangeably (O’Neill, 2015: 7). Arguably, a curriculum is about what we teach, i.e. the content of the curriculum, and how it is taught, i.e. the architecture of the curriculum (University of Adelaide, 2018). Hence, it represents the expression of educational ideas in practice as it includes the planned learning experiences of a study program (Prideaux, 2003: 268). Furthermore, a curriculum constitutes a structure (Young refers to “social facts” in Durkheim’s sense) that shapes and constrains the activities of those involved (above all teachers and students) as well as of those “who design curricula or attempt to achieve certain goals with them” (Young, 2014: 7). Therefore, a shared understanding of a program or curriculum is crucial. However, its development might pose a formidable challenge. When staff, students and other stakeholder engage in defining and organizing the content, teaching and learning strategies, assessment and evaluation processes into a logical pattern, we refer to the process as curriculum design (Prideaux, 2003: 268). A commonly applied framework by Lattuca and Stark (2009) distinguishes eight elements to be considered in the planning process: (1) Purposes, (2) Content, (3) Sequence, (4) Learners, (5) Instructional Processes, (6) Instructional Resources, (7) Evaluation, and (8) Adjustment. In the design process, the components are not mutually exclusive but will influence each other; furthermore, the process is not a strict linear sequencing process but circular and dynamic (O’Neill, 2015: 5; Prideaux, 2003: 270). The sections in this paper will discuss the respective components of the curriculum design process in a linear fashion, though.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Curriculum Design in Public Administration Bachelor and Master Programs
Event EGPA Annual Conference (European Group for Public Administration)
Year 2019
Date 11.09.-13.09.2019
Country Ireland
Location Belfast


Teaching and Training in Public Administration
Knassmüller, Monika (Details)
Marks, Peter (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Institute for Public Management and Governance IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5351 Public economy (Details)
5365 Quality management (Details)
5808 University didactics (Details)
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