ERIC Number: ED448402
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Curriculum Alignment: Matching What We Teach and Test versus Teaching to the Test.
Aviles, Christopher B.
Social work educators must be familiar with issues related to social work, as well as issues from a wider context of education that impact the profession. A practical consideration for academically-based courses involves the relationship between what is taught and what is tested in the social work classroom. Social work educators must decide what the relationship will be between the material taught in the classroom and the material tested on exams. Vertical and horizontal curriculum alignment, as a method to help articulate expected student learning outcomes and to clarify the teaching and testing relationship in the social work classroom, is one suggestion to meet this problem. If students are expected to go beyond facts, then professors must go beyond teaching facts. There must be precision about knowledge levels when creating learning expectations. Instructional materials should reflect the upper knowledge levels of Bloom's taxonomy. Looking into curriculum alignment may also help new social work educators think about the teaching-testing relationship. (Contains 23 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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