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Curriculum Auditing

  • By: Peter M. Taubman
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Curriculum auditing refers to the practices, language, and values of audit culture as these are applied to curriculum, defined as the design, delivery, and evaluation of the formal content of K–higher education. Although the first known use of a curriculum audit, titled an educational performance audit, occurred in 1979 in the Columbus, Ohio, school district, curriculum auditing was initially formulated in the early 1970s as a way to establish public trust in schools by introducing auditing practices used in financial sectors. These practices were meant to ensure objectivity in evaluating the efficiency and performance of school curriculum. A curriculum audit replaces questions about the truth, beauty, and goodness of a curriculum and its social and political context, with questions about the planning, evaluation, effectiveness, and ...

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