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Curriculum Mapping & Analysis: Basic Definitions

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).

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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  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 Mapping An ongoing process of documenting curricular data through a unit of study planner* that consists of categories such as content, skills, assessments, learning activities/instructional strategies, resources, etc. Documentation of curricular data could be done collaboratively or by individual teachers for all taught courses in a given curricular program for the purpose of capturing the full picture of the curriculum.
  4. 4. *A Sample Unit of Study Planner
  5. 5. Curriculum Alignment A process of analyzing curricular data such as content, skills, assessments, etc. to determine the degree of congruence between the different curricular elements and to discover gaps and repetitions for the purpose of ensuring a high quality, comprehensive, and integrated school or program curriculum. Curriculum alignment could be conducted vertically (analyzing curricular data for one subject across grade levels) or horizontally (analyzing curricular data for different subjects at the same grade level).
  6. 6. Vertical Curriculum Alignment A process of analyzing curricular data for one subject across consequent Grade 3 grade or stage levels to insure that the intended learning outcomes such as content and skills are concise, gap-free, Grade 2 well-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 Alazzam suad [at] portlandstate.org © 2011 All Rights Reserved

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