ERIC Number: ED118633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
The Summative Evaluation of Curriculum Innovations. Education Area Occasional Paper 1.
West, R. W.
After a general review of approaches to the evaluation of curriculum innovations the author presents a strategy for summative evaluation based on three related activities: (1) the intrinsic evaluation of the curriculum materials that incorporate the aims, objectives, and teaching and learning strategies of the program being evaluated; (2) a performance evaluation designed to assess the extent to which the intended outcomes of the program are achieved in action, and the level of interference from other, unintended, outcomes; and (3) a context evaluation designed to assess the effect on the curriculum proposals of the varying conditions under which they are implemented. An outline of possible techniques and methods for each of the above activities is presented, and the paper concludes by considering the whole process in relation to the types of judgement the evaluator may be required to make. Throughout the paper a strong emphasis is placed on clarifying strategic and tactical decisions when planning curriuclum evaluations, and adequate references are provided to key works of a theoretical and statistical nature. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sussex Univ. (England).