ERIC Number: ED357227
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Curriculum Development and Alignment in Radiologic Technology.
Dowd, Steven B.
Before developing a curriculum for radiologic technology, one must first attempt to define the term "curriculum." The term is not easy to define precisely, although it does imply the necessity of a master plan that outlines institutional philosophy and goals, course descriptions, description of competency-based evaluation, performance objectives, policy, and outcome assessment processes. Following from the curriculum, a syllabus offers an instructor's personal expression of course content. The process of curriculum development can be very complicated or very loose. Radiology instructors are advised to take a "middle ground" to develop a curriculum and a syllabus that is 5-10 pages long and communicates the essence of a course. The components of the curriculum should include the following: a philosophy statement, a rationale, learning outcome statements (competencies), learning activities, assessment of competency attainment, and specifics of the learning environment. It is important that "curriculum alignment" be considered a focus of curriculum development. This term refers to the agreement between learning outcome statements, learning activities, and the assessment of competency attainment. The radiologic technology curriculum must prepare students to meet minimal criteria for a standardized examination. It must also meet other criteria imposed internally (such as rules of the college) and externally (such as practice at the clinical site). An eight-step methodology can be used for defining curriculum: (1) validate present course content through task analysis; (2) agree on the syllabus format; (3) agree on scope and sequence of the material; (4) write the objectives from simple to most complex; (5) align the objective written with the texts used; (6) carry out the curriculum; (7) align evaluation measures with the curriculum; and (8) review and evaluate the curriculum and improve the syllabus. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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