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Participation in Higher Education Curricula Development in Armenia and Possible Effects for the Labour Market—The Case of an “Organic Agriculture” Master’s Program

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Institute for Sustainable Economic Development, Department of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, 1180 Vienna, Austria
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Division of Organic Farming, Department of Sustainable Agricultural Systems, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, 1180 Vienna, Austria
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Academic Editors: Karen Arnold and Kathy Chau Rohn
Soc. Sci. 2021, 10(9), 331; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10090331
Received: 15 July 2021 / Revised: 26 August 2021 / Accepted: 30 August 2021 / Published: 4 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Transition from Higher Education to Employment)
Weak or unstructured stakeholder participation in higher education curricula development still remains a problem in Armenia. Change in outdated curricula development processes is needed, as they often do not meet students’ needs; do not adopt innovative teaching methods or tools; and do not fit the labour market’s demand. This paper traces the evolution of the participatory curriculum development process of the Organic Agriculture Master’s program at the Armenian National Agrarian University (ANAU). Prioritizing mainly qualitative methods of research, five relevant stakeholder groups with approximately 10–12 members each at varying levels were involved in this action research. Additionally, paper-based and online surveys were conducted with 290 ANAU students. The results focus on the conceptual mapping of the process of participatory action research, bridging its relevance to the Armenian labour market’s needs. Moreover, the results highlight lessons learned from the process—shaping them around significant theories for participatory action research—and underline the possibilities of the Organic Agriculture Master’s development process as a model program at ANAU and perhaps elsewhere. View Full-Text
Keywords: Armenia; participatory curriculum development; higher education; labour market; organic agriculture; participation; stakeholders Armenia; participatory curriculum development; higher education; labour market; organic agriculture; participation; stakeholders
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Hovakimyan, H.; Klimek, M.; Freyer, B.; Vogel, S. Participation in Higher Education Curricula Development in Armenia and Possible Effects for the Labour Market—The Case of an “Organic Agriculture” Master’s Program. Soc. Sci. 2021, 10, 331. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10090331

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Hovakimyan H, Klimek M, Freyer B, Vogel S. Participation in Higher Education Curricula Development in Armenia and Possible Effects for the Labour Market—The Case of an “Organic Agriculture” Master’s Program. Social Sciences. 2021; 10(9):331. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10090331

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Hovakimyan, Hasmik, Milena Klimek, Bernhard Freyer, and Stefan Vogel. 2021. "Participation in Higher Education Curricula Development in Armenia and Possible Effects for the Labour Market—The Case of an “Organic Agriculture” Master’s Program" Social Sciences 10, no. 9: 331. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10090331

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