Curriculum Evaluation. ACED 7030 Curriculum Issues and Trends in Adult and Career Education. If the student hasn’t learned, the instructor hasn’t taught!. What do you think about this statement? Do you think that other factors could come into play?.
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Curriculum Issues and Trends in Adult and Career Education
What do you think about this statement?
Do you think that other factors could come into play?
Go to the discussion board and share your thoughts on these questions.
For this reason, curriculum evaluation or assessment is necessary.
“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.”
Recall the various definitions of “curriculum” from earlier in the course. Curriculum evaluation should be inclusive of all components.
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 elements—Context, Input, Process, and Product.
Each of these elements are explained in detail in the text beginning on page 272.
These items are fully explained in the text beginning on page 283.
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 materials.”
Have you ever been stuck with poor quality materials because you or someone else didn’t 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 instruction?
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 elsewhere.
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