Heuristics and Professors’ Professional Portfolios: An Alternative for Higher Education Curriculum

Document Type : Research Paper



The main purpose of this article is reviewing the higher education curriculum based on professors’ professional portfolios and their heuristics. Therefore, the portfolios of 20 distinguished faculty members of Mashhad Ferdowsi University were analyzed for this purpose. In this study the descriptive phenomenology was employed to evaluate how the participants encountered the higher education curriculum. For gathering the data the researchers conducted unstructured interviews with the participants. In this paper the software package QSR-NVIVO was used to analyze the qualitative data. The results indicated that the participants used heuristics in curriculum development which can be adapted for use in other aspects of higher education as well.


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