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Training Tools for Curriculum Development. A Resource Pack
Core Modules


Activity 1: Curriculum evaluation

  1. Curriculum evaluation

  2. Student assessment

  3. Assessment of learning outcomes in specific content areas


In relation to curriculum, evaluation is the process of making value judgements about the merit or worth of a part or the whole of a curriculum. The nature of a curriculum evaluation often depends on its audience and purpose. The potential audiences include:

  • Policy makers and other stakeholders (administrators, teachers, students, parents, communities) – to inform future action.
  • Donors – to attract funding or to report on the utilization of funds.
  • Researchers – for international comparison and identification of effective practices.

Evaluation of curricula is typically concerned with the:

  • Impact of the curriculum:
    • on individual students, their needs, their level of engagement and their performance;
    • on society, including the appropriateness of values communicated and attitudes fostered, and the level of public satisfaction;
    • on the economy including labour markets as an indicator of economic development;
  • process through which the curriculum was developed;
  • content and design of the curriculum compared with:
    • recent social, technological, economic or scientific changes;
    • recent advances in educational research and educational paradigms;
  • possible future directions for curriculum change.

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