ERIC Number: ED258737
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Alberta Education Curriculum Review, Part 1. Publications of the Curriculum Branch.
Bevan, G. H.
This report contains a description of the first part of the Curriculum Branch's audit of the program of studies, curriculum guides, textbooks, and other learning resources in Alberta, Canada, which was undertaken for three purposes: (1) to determine the adequacy of the ways in which tolerance, understanding, and respect for minority groups and individuals are addressed and fostered; (2) to identify areas where changes are required; and (3) to recommend appropriate follow-up action. The terms tolerance, understanding, and minority groups are defined, after which the review plan is discussed with attention to the common reporting form and the acceptable, problematic, and unacceptable rating categories. The account of the reporting procedure is followed by descriptions of the six audit criteria which are abbreviated to read: avoids unfair judgments, nurtures positive self-image, contains unfair judgments or generalizations, conveys excellence, fails by omission, and conveys the nature and values of critical thinking. Results of the audit indicate that although 78 of the 83 documents were acceptable, all suffered from minor flaws; monographs and manuals were typically neutral; and 4 of 19 social study units were problematic. Specific short- and long-term recommendations are made, and rationales for the recommendations are given. Appendices include judgement criteria, curriculum audit focus statements, audit reporting form, curriculum documents published by the Curriculum Branch, and a chart on relating communication and critical thinking skills to the four core academic curricula. (PM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Minister's Advisory Committee on Curriculum Policies.
Identifiers - Location: Canada