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Curriculum Evaluation

  • By: Frances Schoonmaker
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Simply put, curriculum evaluation refers to the process of placing value on a curriculum. Evaluation may focus on a curriculum's design, including content and process; its implementation; or outcomes. It may take place on a broad scale, for example, evaluation of the scope and sequence of a state's K–12 curriculum in all subject areas. Or it may be more specific, as in the evaluation of textbooks adopted for a school district's spelling curriculum in Grades 1 through 6, or a teacher's own test of a curriculum's outcomes. Evaluation may be national or local; external, involving outside reviewers or internal; or involving teacher and student judgment. Although curriculum is ordinarily associated with schools, curriculum evaluation occurs within any institution that educates through a formal curriculum, for ...

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