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Curriculum Evaluation and Research Framework: facilitating a teaching team approach to curriculum quality

Kelder, J-A ORCID: 0000-0002-8618-0537, Carr, A ORCID: 0000-0001-8201-7890 and Walls, J ORCID: 0000-0001-9932-0298 2017 , 'Curriculum Evaluation and Research Framework: facilitating a teaching team approach to curriculum quality', in RG Walker and SB Bedford (eds.), Research and Development in Higher Education: Curriculum Transformation , Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Inc, 186 - 197 .

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Abstract

The Higher Education Standards (HES) Framework prescribes the minimumrequirements for provision of higher education in Australia. Standard 5.3 in particularfunctions as a driver for continuous evaluation informing ongoing curriculumtransformation. This paper presents a conceptual approach and framework for embeddingevaluation into course curricula. The Curriculum Evaluation and Research (CER)framework establishes a scholarly regime for routine collection of natural, grade anddemographic data that is available for research purposes and quality assuring curriculaagainst the threshold standards in the HES Framework. Additionally, the paper outlines anumber of practical resources for use by teaching teams to address sector, institutionaland academic expectations of renewal and transformation of curricula through evidencebasedcurriculum design and teaching practice. This paper reports the initial phases ofdeveloping and implementing the CER framework and enabling resources. The CERframework is a design-based approach to curriculum evaluation and research that cansimplify data collection and analysis, by ensuring alignment of educational researchquestions with questions asked by external accreditation agents and questions asked byteachers of their units and the courses in which they teach. It has demonstrated capacity toensure that scholarship informs and underpins course design, and routine evaluationassures the ongoing development of learning activities and assessment (HES Framework3.1.2, 3.2.3). The CER framework provides a sustainable and effective approach toengage teachers in a collaborative endeavour of ongoing curriculum evaluation; evidencebasedcurriculum transformation and embedding educational research into teachingpractice as a scholarly approach, ensuring regulatory requirements are met.

Item Type: Conference Publication
Authors/Creators:Kelder, J-A and Carr, A and Walls, J
Keywords: curriculum evaluation, research framework, teaching team
Journal or Publication Title: Research and Development in Higher Education: Curriculum Transformation
Publisher: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Inc
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