ERIC Number: ED247901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Microcomputer-Based Curriculum Mapping: A Data Management Approach.
Curriculum administration and evaluation require specific information on such curriculum components as content, time, teaching methodology, materials, evaluation, and scheduling. Without such information, planning, coordination, resources allocation, and other decision-making activities are severely handicapped. Furthermore, evaluation of the curriculum to determine a program's congruence with institutional goals and objectives is difficult and rarely undertaken. While curriculum guides and course syllabi provide readily available overviews of desirable curriculum, they are often vague, lack specificity, and do not represent the real curriculum. Curriculum mapping was developed by Fenwick W. English (1978) to identify the status quo and reveal the actual school curriculum. A feasibility study for the New York State Bureau to School Libraries applied the process, and addressed data manipulation problems by using a computer-based system called CMAP, developed on an IBM 4341 mainframe system in the APL programming language. A microcomputer-based CMAP system was developed by adapting existing microcomputer file management software. By applying microcomputer capabilities to curriculum mapping, educators have a powerful tool for analyzing and managing curriculum. This paper includes a seven-item reference list and a curriculum map worksheet. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Curriculum Mapping
Note: Paper presented at the Mid-Year Meeting of the American Society for Information Science (Bloomington, IN, May 20-23, 1984).