The Importance of Curriculum Review & Revision

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  • 0:04 Why Review and Revise?
  • 1:09 Strategies for Review
  • 2:55 Strategies for Revision
  • 4:18 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

When we develop or choose curricular programs as teachers, we are more successful if we also build in opportunities to evaluate and revise. This lesson explains why evaluation and revision are important and offers some strategies for carrying out these tasks.

Why Review and Revise?

Sophia is a fifth grade teacher who has recently taken on a leadership role at her school by joining the Curriculum Committee. This committee is responsible for selecting packaged curriculum programs for the school as well as developing original curriculum for teachers to use. After a few months on the committee, Sophia begins to see that while her fellow committee members are good at researching curricula and developing creative and innovative plans, they have not yet developed good systems for reviewing or revising curricula.

Sophia explains that to review curriculum is to evaluate its effectiveness after it has been implemented and reflect on what students did and did not get out of it. To revise curriculum, on the other hand, means to modify the curriculum using data from the review. Review and revision are important because they enable teachers to consider the ways curriculum interacts with actual students in a real school environment. Sophia decides to help the committee develop a set of strategies for reviewing and revising curriculum.

Strategies for Review

After doing some research, Sophia comes up with three good methods to review curriculum: pre- and post-tests, interviewing and observing students, and teacher reflection.

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