Curriculum Development: Are you able to draw a comparison in terms of similarity and differences between instructional and curriculum evaluation?

CHAPTER EIGHT

CURRICULUM EVALUATION

8b iv). Draw a comparison in terms of similarity and differences between instructional and curriculum evaluation.

Difference Between Instructional and Curriculum Evaluation

Instructional and curriculum evaluation are not the same. The instructional process may be very effective whereas the curriculum may be out of order. Instructional evaluation may reveal that the students are achieving the instructional objectives well. If we do not evaluate and rely through curriculum evaluation that we shall know if we are following items well but they may not be universally acceptable as being correct.

The earth is flat, illness is caused by the evil eyes and bad spirits, all developing human beings are corrupt and all children can be doctors and engineers.

The main purposes that curriculum evaluation is undertaken is to determine whether curriculum goals and objectives are being carried out correctly. The following are other questions we may need to provide answers for through curriculum evaluation:

  • We want to know whether the goals and objectives are the right ones.
  • We should be interested to know if the curriculum is functioning while in operation
  • We want to know whether the material we are using is the right one.
  • We also want to know how our products (graduates) can function in daily life after school, and whether they are contributing to the development of our society.
  • We want to know whether the programme we have launched raw deal for our investments

Activity 34

How do we obtain data for evaluating a curriculum?

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