A Model for Developing a Training Curriculum
Ms. Preethi Pradhan, Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology, Madurai
Aravind Eye Hospital, which was established 25 years ago, has over the years added several training programmes, sharing its experience with other eye care programmes as a process of mutual development. In 1993, a grant from Lions SightFirst Programme enabled the establishment of Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO), the first such training institute in Asia. LAICO has been structured to work with other eye hospital and eye care programmes to develop their organisational capacity through a mix of inputs including training, consulting, facilitating resource mobilisation and advocacy. LAICO follows a structured path for the curriculum development. This can be used as a model for the development of any curriculum. This article aims to share the process involved for the development of a curriculum whilst designing a training programme.
Objectives and outcome provide greater focus for the training programme. Therefore unlike in the educational settings where definite subjects are taught here, there is an integration of subjects and the training content comprises of various topics directly related to their responsibilities and tasks. The topics to be taught are identified through a two – way matrix table which has the responsibilities listed in the first column and the objectives of the course listed in the first row. The detailed content is finalised from this resulting in integration of practical and the theory unlike in a typical classroom setting. The total duration of the course has to be decided bearing in mind the
Process flow for developing a training curriculum
Rationale for the training
Assumptions of the training programme
1. The training programme is not intended as an educational course which will help people to get a job. 2. The training programme is... [continues]
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