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Title: Curriculum Evaluation

Curriculum Evaluation
  • ACED 7030
  • Curriculum Issues and Trends in Adult and Career

If the student hasnt learned, the instructor
hasnt taught!
  • What do you think about this statement?
  • Do you think that other factors could come into

Go to the discussion board and share your
thoughts on these questions.
Of course,we know that sometimes we can have good
instructors and good students, but without a
valid curriculum, necessary skills to be
successful in the workplace may not be learned.
For this reason, curriculum evaluation or
assessment is necessary.
Crunkilton and Finch (1999) define assessment
  • The determination of the merit or worth of a
    curriculum (or portion of that curriculum). It
    includes gathering information for use in judging
    the merit of the curriculum, program, or
    curriculum materials.

This evaluation process should include factors
associated with
  • The learner
  • The curriculum
  • The instructor(s)
  • The availability of necessary facilities
  • Other aspects of the program that affect the
    delivery of the curriculum

Curriculum evaluation should include
  • The overall program (list of courses,
    prerequisites, etc.)
  • Scope and sequence of content within each course
  • Curricular materials

Recall the various definitions of curriculum
from earlier in the course. Curriculum
evaluation should be inclusive of all components.
The text suggests that
In order to conduct a meaningful assessment that
is inclusive of information from a variety of
interested personnel (administrators, deans,
division chairpersons, instructors, etc.) that an
assessment framework should be established. This
will provide a comprehensive plan that is
systematic in nature. This framework may include
the following elementsContext, Input, Process,
and Product.
These elements include
  • Context-whether or not to offer the
    curriculumfocus, goals, and objectives.
  • Input-what resources and strategies are used.
  • Process-what effect does the curriculum have on
    the students.
  • Product-what effect has the curriculum had on
    former students.

Each of these elements are explained in detail in
the text beginning on page 272.
Now that a framework for what is being assessed
has been established and agreed upon, a plan for
the assessment is necessary. This plan should
  • Overview-needs statement, benefits, objectives of
    the assessment, etc.
  • Curriculum Description-content objectives,
    procedures, overview of content, students,
  • Assessment Design-description of assessment
    procedures, instruments, timelines, budget, etc.
  • Assessment Report-brief description of final
    report and dissemination plan.
  • Appendix-examples of questionnaires and other
    materials used to gather and analyze information.

These items are fully explained in the text
beginning on page 283.
An important part of curriculum assessment is
looking at curricular materials used in the
delivery of the program.
  • Crunkilton and Finch give a good description of
    assessing these materials beginning on page 294.
    They include looking at items such as
    effectiveness, efficiency, acceptability,
    practicality, and generalizability. Several
    sample assessment instruments are give in the
    appendix of Chapter 12. By carefully assessing
    curriculum materials prior to purchase,
    instructors and other personnel can avoid being
    stuck with undesirable materials until the next
    time their time comes around to get new

Have you ever been stuck with poor quality
materials because you or someone else didnt
take the time to evaluate the materials prior to
purchase? Go to the discussion board and tell us
about it. What effect did it have on your
  • It is most important that the results of a
    curriculum assessment are used to improve the
    curriculum! This includes building on the
    strengths of the curriculum and improving or
    eliminating the weaknesses. An assessment that
    is placed on a shelf to gather dust is major
    waste of time and money that could be used

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