Curriculum development focuses on the improvement and innovation of education. During this process, which may take more time – especially where generic curriculum development is concerned, which extends beyond a specific local context and ideas, incorporated in a cyclic process of design, implementation and evaluation to achieve concrete results in practice.
Need for curriculum revision
To restructure the curriculum according to the needs of learners society.
To include the topics which are more relevant to Skill Development and Industry Requirements.
To eliminate unnecessary units, teaching methods and contents.
To introduce latest and updated methods of teaching and content, new knowledge and practices.
To add or delete number of hours of instructions.
Components of an effective Curriculum Development :
- To build a Curriculum Development Committee
- Identifying Key Issues & Trends in Specific Content Area.
- Assessing Needs and Issues.
- Articulating Philosophy.
- Describing Course Goals and Grade level.
- Intensify and sequencing of Grade Level & Course Objectives.
- Developing Resource Materials to assist with programme implementation.
- Developing and/or Identifying Assessment Items and Instruments to Measure Student Progress.
- Execution of New Programme into Practice.
- Modernizing of the Program.
- Defining the Success of the Program.
Articulating and Developing
Monitoring and Evaluation
Pre Testing and Piloting
Stages of curriculum development
Learning resources required to deliver the curriculum
- Equipments including IT and AV equipment, models and simulators, laboratory and clinical equipment, white-boards, flip charts.
- Finances - the course will require adequate funding to sustain its activities.
- Books, journals and multimedia resources – lists of core textbooks for each part of the course and other resources including reference texts should be identified by teachers and purchased for use by learners. These should be supported by other resources such as journals (printed and online) and multimedia packages. The library will be the main support structure for these resources but additional resources may also be delivered through an Intranet or via departmental ‘libraries’.