ERIC Number: ED250386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Curriculum Audit Report, Volume I and Volume II.
Harvey Social Research, Ltd., Sherwood Park (Alberta).
An audit of curricular materials and textbooks in use in schools was undertaken in late 1983 by five branches in Alberta Education: the Curriculum Branch, the Language Services Branch, Special Educational Services, Early Childhood Services, and the Correspondence School. Six Criteria for Judging Tolerance and Understanding were defined as a basis for conducting the audit. Equal rights, including age, ethnicity, disability, religion, and sex, were all addressed. The reviewers looked for evidence of discrimination by commission and by omission. All Programs of Studies, Curriculum Guides, curriculum support materials, prescribed texts, recommended texts, and a sampling of supplementary resources were audited. Over 90 percent of all documents and resources audited received an acceptable rating on tolerance and understanding. The most common form of discrimination found was an inequitable use of male pronouns and male collective nouns. The most serious omission reported was a failure to recognize people with disabilities in any representative manner. More subtle ethnic discrimination was reported in the form of failure to include specific groups in examples. The recommendations address current steps to be taken in terms of nurturing tolerance and understanding in curriculum documents, in learning resources, and in school activities. Volume II, a collection of interim and final reports, comprises 12 appendixes: Curriculum Audit Focus Statements; Major Criteria and Supplementary Questions; Audit Reporting Form; Curriculum Branch, Language Services Branch, Special Education Services and Early Childhood Services Interim and Final Reports; and Correspondence School Report. (Author/BW)
Descriptors: Age Discrimination, Curriculum Guides, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Ethnic Discrimination, Evaluation Criteria, Foreign Countries, Instructional Material Evaluation, Instructional Materials, Justice, Religious Discrimination, Resource Materials, Sex Discrimination, Social Discrimination, Textbooks
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvey Social Research, Ltd., Sherwood Park (Alberta).
Identifiers: Alberta; Tolerance
Note: All 12 appendixes listed in the table of contents are included in this document.