ERIC Number: ED181555
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Curriculum Analysis: An Aid to Selection, Adaptation and Implementation of Curricula.
Gow, Doris T.
This paper explains the use of intrinsic analysis procedures developed, as part of the Pennsylvania School Improvement Program (PSIP), to evaluate and choose curriculum materials and instructional programs. An intrinsic analysis, as distinct from an evaluation using outcome measures or classroom processes, employs research criteria to make decisions about the adequacy of curricular components. The intrinsic analysis looks at four elements of the Cooley-Lohnes Model for assessment of classroom practices: motivators, opportunity, structure, and instructional events. It also draws upon the Process Individualized Curriculum (PIC) model of curriculum design. When using this analysis of curriculum materials, the investigator first assesses whether the materials provide the conditions that research suggests are motivating to students. Second is an evaluation of the intensity of the cognitive activity provided. Analyzing structure involves examining structure, sequence, placement procedures, testing adequacy, and exemplary appropriateness. Finally, instructional strategies are analyzed for appropriateness, consistency, provision for higher level skills, and adequacy of teacher manuals. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Dissemination and Resources Group.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Learning Research and Development Center.