Undergraduate Competences as Labour Market Mechanism for Curriculum Alignment in Ghana: Case of University of Cape Coast School of Business

Authors

  • Anthony Owusu University of Cape Coast
  • Edward Marfo-Yiadom
  • Georgina Owusu

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18533/ijbsr.v4i9.559

Keywords:

Curriculum alignment, competence-based model, Higher Education, Labour Market demands,

Abstract

The increasing graduate unemployment rate in Ghana is a matter of concern not only to government but also to stakeholders in education. In an era of globalisation, the issue has culminated in discourses about curriculum planning and alignment. Using a concurrent mixed method, the study purposely focused on exploring graduate competences as a labour market mechanism for curriculum alignment. In this regard, 63 participants comprising alumni, Human Resource Managers and lecturers were sampled using multiple procedures. In the end, the study showed that employers’ highly ranked integrated curriculum and their responses favoured an amalgamation of education and practical training tailored to promote organisational growth. A significant difference was found between responses of lecturers and alumni regarding their preference for graduate competences as the basis for curriculum alignment. The study finally advocated, among other things, for competency-based curriculum philosophy as the underpinning variable to underlie Business Education curriculum in Ghana.

Author Biographies

Edward Marfo-Yiadom

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, DEAN

Georgina Owusu

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, FACULTY OFFICER

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