Curriculum Mapping & Analysis: Basic Definitions

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Have you embarked on the processes of documenting and analyzing your academic program curricular data? These slides provide basic definitions of the processes of curriculum mapping (data gathering) and curriculum alignment (data analysis).

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Curriculum Mapping & Analysis: Basic Definitions

  1. 1. Curriculum Mapping & Analysis: Basic Definitions Dr. Suad Alazzam suad [at] portlandstate.org © 2011 All Rights Reserved
  2. 2. Terminology Introduced:- Curriculum Mapping- Curriculum Alignment- Vertical Curriculum Alignment- Horizontal Curriculum Alignment
  3. 3. Curriculum MappingAn ongoing process of documenting curricular datathrough a unit of study planner* that consists ofcategories such as content, skills, assessments,learning activities/instructional strategies, resources,etc. Documentation of curricular data could be donecollaboratively or by individual teachers for all taughtcourses in a given curricular program for the purposeof capturing the full picture of the curriculum.
  4. 4. *A Sample Unit of Study Planner
  5. 5. Curriculum AlignmentA process of analyzing curricular data such ascontent, skills, assessments, etc. to determine thedegree of congruence between the differentcurricular elements and to discover gaps andrepetitions for the purpose of ensuring a high quality,comprehensive, and integrated school or programcurriculum. Curriculum alignment could beconducted vertically (analyzing curricular data forone subject across grade levels) or horizontally(analyzing curricular data for different subjects at thesame grade level).
  6. 6. Vertical Curriculum AlignmentA process of analyzing curricular datafor one subject across consequent Grade 3grade or stage levels to insure that theintended learning outcomes such ascontent and skills are concise, gap-free, Grade 2well-sequenced, and develop spirally. Grade 1 Science
  7. 7. Horizontal Curriculum Alignment A process of analyzing curricular data for different subjects at the same grade or stage level for the purpose of discovering and/or creating curricular integration opportunities to help students reach enduring understandings of studied concepts and issues by viewing them through different disciplinary lenses.Grade Science Math Technology 6
  8. 8. Thank You! Dr. Suad Alazzamsuad [at] portlandstate.org © 2011 All Rights Reserved

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