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
- Researchers – for international comparison and identification
of effective practices.
Evaluation of curricula is typically concerned with
- 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
- possible future directions for curriculum change.