COMPETENCES IN THE EHEA: THE REQUIREMENT OF ADJUSTMENT BETWEEN LECTURERS’ OBJECTIVES AND STUDENTS’ PERCEPTIONS

C. Dolz-Dolz, E. Linares-Navarro

University of Valencia (SPAIN)
Activities based on competences are one of the most popular methodological tool of European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Nowadays, most lecturers use this methodology in their courses, but often they unknown if these activities allow really get the competences or skills for which they were designed. In this paper we analyse the differences between lecturers’ objectives and students’ perceptions in competences’ activities of two subjects in the academic course 2012/2013. The first one is Introduction to Business Management, a subject of the first course of the Degree on Financial and Accounting at the University of Valencia, and the second one is International Business Management, a subject of the third course of the Degree on Business Management in the same university. More precisely, this study has three objectives. First, examine the competences’ activities used in different Business Management subjects. Second, to analyse the differences between lecturers’ objectives and students’ perceptions in each of the competences’ activities developed in the subjects. Third, evaluate the requirement of adjustment or change of some activities to achieve the competences or skills. To achieve these objectives, we present the results of a survey carried out on a sample of students of both subjects during the course examined. The results of the paper show that the students’ perceptions are one key factor and should be considered to design competences’ activities or to redefine them.