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HAVE YOU EVER BEEN EVALUATED?
HAVE YOU EVER EVALUATED SOMEONE?
It refers to the collection of information on
which judgment might be made about the
worth and the effectiveness of a particular
programme. It includes making those
judgments so that decision might be made
about the future of programme, whether to
retain the programme as it stand, modify it
or throw it out altogether.
According to Gatawa (1990: 50), the term
curriculum evaluation has three major meanings:
The process of:
describing and judging an educational
programme or subject.
comparing a student‟s performance with
behaviourally stated objectives.
defining, obtaining and using relevant
information for decision-making purposes.
According to the ICT curriculum,” it is expected
that students are not only proficient enough in
using some computer applications but also be
able to understand what they are doing with
computer.” (National Curriculum
The term „formative evaluation‟ was
originally coined by Scriven (1967)
to classify evaluation that gathered
information for the purpose of
improving instruction as the
instruction was being given.
It is a conceptual and physical exercise that is
carried out before a programme comes to an
It can be considered to be the process that
looks for evidence of success or failure of a
programme, a syllabus or a subject taught
Formative evaluation answers two questions:
Is the instruction successful?
If it is not successful, what can be done to avoid
In education, its aim is usually to obtain
information to improve a programme.
A method to judge the worth of a
curriculum at the end of the syllabus
where the focus is on the outcome.
It assesses the training that teachers might
need in order to implement a program
It determines whether a new curriculum
program, syllabus or subject is better than the
one it is intended to replace or other
alternatives. (subject teaching at primary level)
It is a type of evaluation employed at the end
of a learning experience to indicate student
progress. (continuous assessment)
It can take the form of small class assessment
or end of term or final examination.
The information collected from evaluating a
curriculum forms the basis for making judgements
about how successfully the programme achieved its
intended outcomes and its worth. In fact evaluation
serves a range of purpose for everyone involved in
education such as:
Policy makers/Government/Ministry Of Education
Parents, Employers and Tertiary Institutions
A curriculum that operates satisfactorily over a
certain period of time may gradually become
obsolete or deteriorate over time.
To prevent this from occurring permanent follow-up
and quality control of the program should be
Quality control may reveal when some or all portions
of the program should be altered or replaced. In this
way quality control may lead toward the updating of
an old programme and production of “second