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What is Curriculum Management?

By Barbara R. Cochran
Updated Mar 02, 2024
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The purpose of curriculum management is to help ensure that all students will get the most out of their education. The more global goal of curriculum management is for students to use all the knowledge and skills they have learned to contribute to society in a meaningful and beneficial way. All stakeholders in any given school district contribute in ways that help to see to it that curriculum management is carried out, as best as possible.

Curriculum is the academic system that imparts knowledge and skills to students in a school environment. More specifically, curriculum refers to what is written to be taught, and what is tested at different student levels, in specific areas or courses. After evaluating test results, administrators and boards can determine what are the most effective methods for imparting knowledge to students.

The first part of curriculum management is curriculum design. At this stage, educational philosophy and practice is taken into consideration. Curriculum implementation follows, after which administrators train teachers so that they will be able to deliver the curriculum in a way that will most benefit the students.

Curriculum monitoring and evaluation are closely related. Administrators monitor curriculum delivery to ensure that it is taught in a way consistent with the design. Teachers, administrators, school board members, and parents all make assessments about the effectiveness of the curriculum in place. Data derived from their input is then used to make any changes that will either lead to more effective teaching, based on the present curriculum, or to other modifications that will improve the curriculum.

With curriculum management, courses of study are aligned. Alignment refers to the coordination of the writing, teaching, and testing of curriculum across grade levels and areas of study. Written curriculum, which is part of alignment, refers to stated learning goals, as well as methods and resources that educators are to employ to reach those goals. The written curriculum typically includes a statement of assessment tools that might be used to evaluate students’ learning, and thus, the value of the curriculum.

Taught curriculum refers to the teacher’s delivery of the curriculum to the student, according to how it has been written. Teachers formulate the units to be studied, as well as the supporting lesson plans. Approaches for presenting materials to students is also a part of the taught curriculum. Tested curriculum refers the parts of the written and taught curriculum that are assessed, whether formally or informally. It determines if a student has thrived on the basis and implementation of the written curriculum.

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Discussion Comments

By Moldova — On Jan 07, 2011

SurfNturf-I agree that Singapore Math is an excellent math curriculum. I just wanted to say that many schools use an interdisciplinary approach when teaching writing.

Usually they will have creative writing that is part of their language arts lesson, but they will also be required to have writing assignments in their science and social studies class that incorporate the rules of grammar that was learned in their language arts class.

This way the students will automatically develop stronger writing skills because they are constantly writing and get more comfortable with this medium.

By surfNturf — On Jan 04, 2011

Cafe41- Many students struggle with this type of curriculum like Everyday Math because it is far too abstract for them.

A school might decide to go with Singapore Math which is an abstract math program that sets its program to a mastery format.

A topic is introduced and the children will spend several weeks on that concept until they have reached complete mastery.

This type of curriculum that is used in schools in Singapore that happens to lead the rest of the world in math is being adopted by many school districts in California in New York because educators are finding that it sets an excellent foundation in mathematics.

By cafe41 — On Jan 01, 2011

Curriculum lesson plans involve implementation of the educational goals stated by the school’s administration.

For example, if the overall school tested below the schools standards in writing or math then the school would apply a more comprehensive curriculum that will offer the students more opportunities to practice what they have learned.

For example, Everyday Math is an advanced math curriculum that introduces higher order abstract math in middle school. This type of math is more often seen in high school. It may be too advanced for most students so a curriculum with a mastery approach will often replace it.

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