Originally published in 1985. This is an overview of the evolution of curriculum evaluation since the reforms of the 1960s, presented through the personal and practical knowledge of experienced individuals, rather than abstract theoretical models which hitherto dominated the field. A collection of personal retrospective accounts, by leading evaluators, of their roles in the actual process of curriculum development, the chapters represent diverse educational systems in a range of countries including Australia, Israel, England and the USA. A variety of innovative curricula are portrayed and the models which emerge are empirically based. Their diversity provides evidence for the need to accommodate and adjust theoretical and methodological principles to real situations. This is a great reference for those with an interest in comparative curriculum development.
1. The Potential and Actual Roles of Evaluators in Curriculum Development P. Tamir 2. Evaluation in The Biological Sciences Curriculum Study 1958-65 H. Grobman 3. The Formative Evaluation Activities Associated with Australian Science Education Project B.J. Fraser 4. The Physical Science Evaluation, Western Australia 1978-79: An Application of the Illuminative Model D.J. Boud, M.B. Dynan, L.H. Parker and A.S. Ryan 5. Evaluation of The Scottish Integrated Science Course S.H. Kellington and A.C. Mitchell 6. A Research Approach to the Evaluation of Scottish Integrated Science S. Brown 7. Some Key Concepts Underlying Teachers' Evaluations of Innovations J. Elliott 8. The Evaluation of the Israel High School Biology Project P. Tamir 9. The Autonomous Unit of Evaluation: Combining the Strengths of In-House and External Evaluations A. Lewy 10. Concluding Comments P. Tamir
Reissuing works originally published between 1971 and 1994, this collection includes books which offer a broad spectrum of views on curriculum, both within individual schools and the wider issues around curriculum development, reform and implementation. Some cover the debate surrounding the establishment of the national curriculum in the UK while others are a more international in scope. Many of these books go beyond theory to discuss practical issues of real curriculum changes at primary or secondary level. The Set includes books on cross-curricular topics such as citizenship and environment, and also guidance, careers, life skills and pastoral care in schools. A fantastic collection of education history with much still relevant today.