ERIC Number: ED107619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Needs Assessment: A Focus for Curriculum Development.
English, Fenwick W.; Kaufman, Roger A.
This booklet focuses on needs assessment, a process for identifying and defining valid curriculum, instructional, and management objectives. It also presents a means for establishing controls over curriculum development at the local level, whether it be a school district or an individual school. Part 1 explains the (a) fundamentals, (b) rationale, (c) accountability, and (d) critical assumptions of needs assessment. Part 2 discusses techniques utilized by the curriculum developer in doing a needs assessment. Included among subjects covered are the following: (a) generic steps of needs assessment; (b) role of the teacher association/union; (c) goal derivation, validation, prioritization, and translation; (d) development and validation of performance objectives; (e) gap or need statements; (f) budget for implementation strategies; (g) fund strategies; and (h) reassessing gaps via feedback. Part 3 presents the curriculum development cycle using a needs assessment base. Methods include a system approach and Individually Responsive Curriculum (IRC). Part 4 offers answers to some critical questions about the needs assessment process. A glossary of terms is included. (JS)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Administration, Educational Assessment, Educational Needs, Educational Strategies, Needs Assessment, Systems Approach
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Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Washington, DC.