Curriculum Review: Guiding Questions, Data Sources & Planning

Guiding questions are critical questions or concerns that guide the curriculum review process (University of Calgary, 2019). Similar to a research study, a curriculum review uses guiding questions to focus inquiry on specific aspects of curriculum. You will not be able to investigate every facet of a curriculum, so the guiding questions identify what you most want to explore in the review; these could range from broad encompassing questions to specific curricular concerns.

Guiding questions:

  • Help you define your investigation
  • Help identify what types of data to collect and can be used to write questions for student and instructor surveys and focus groups
  • Structure the findings section of the curriculum review report
  • Inform the development of an action plan
  • Form the foundation of the interim report

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