six elements of curriculum development

The assessment tasks

In Part 1 and Part 2 you will be dealing with the six elements of curriculum development that are discussed in the course:

  1. Needs analysis                                 what is needed
  2. Objectives                                         what is to be achieved
  3. Syllabus                                             what is taught
  4. Methodology                                    how it is taught
  5. Assessment                       what is tested and how
  6. Evaluation                                         how to collect evidence to demonstrate success

Here is the outline for your presentation and your essay – there are five sections:

  1. Overview of six curriculum development elements in familiar context or case study
  2. One curriculum element that presents a problem (constraints)
  3. Critical appraisal of how it relates to all curriculum elements
  4. Changes recommended (rationale and merits)
  5. Mechanisms for evaluating changes

 

Part 1 – Group presentation

One student provides the context overview (one minute only), which includes an overview of six curriculum development elements in familiar context or case study. Each student then has three minutes to present one of the four sections:

  1. One curriculum element that presents a problem (constraints)
  1. Critical appraisal of how it relates to all curriculum elements
  1. Changes recommended (rationale and merits)
  1. Mechanisms for evaluating changes (this can be similar to needs analysis)

The total time for each group is 13 minutes

Make sure that in each section, you critically comment on the literature in the field (books and articles describing the theories and studies), identifying the source of your ideas with the names and dates of the writers but not necessarily providing quotations.

 

In section 4 ‘Changes recommended (rationale and merits)’, we expect you to provide a

  • Description of the change(s)
  • Rationale – reason why are you proposing the change(s), related to the literature
  • Merits – description of how you think that the change(s) might remedy the situation created by the element that presents a problem

In section 5 ‘Mechanisms for evaluating changes’, we expect you to provide a

  • Very brief summary of how you think the changed element might improve the alignment/cohesion of all the curriculum elements
  • Detailed description of the mechanisms for checking whether the alignment/cohesion of all the curriculum elements has actually improved. Say you whether you would choose tests, questionnaires, interviews, diaries, student evaluations, teacher reports, materials evaluation, observations or recordings, or a combination of these. Justify your choice, saying why you think they are suitable for checking the success of the changes proposed.

 

Part 2 – Essay

You will receive further advice on the essay in the final lecture in week 9.

The assignment is usually, but not necessarily, the same option as the presentation (the presentation serves as a preparation for the assignment). It is fine to keep the structure and quotations that you used in the presentation.

 

Although the presentation was a group assessment, the essay is written by each individual separately. Write it on your own, so as to avoid accusations of collusion. It is 2,500 words. Make sure that you give equal weight to each of the five sections – including the context overview. This amounts to about 500 words for each.