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Inter-relationships between curriculum, instructions and assessment: a critical analysis
The concepts of Curriculum, Instructions and Assessment are very important in the educational industry. Their relevance cannot be over-emphasized because curriculum specifies the subjects and topics to be taught whereas, instructional activities determine the objectives of instruction in terms of skills, tasks and competencies expected of the learner as well as the methods, materials and strategies designed to accomplish them. Assessment provides a picture of the extent to which the curriculum and instructional objectives are accomplished.
The three concepts, therefore, have a cyclic relationship whereby assessment determines the relevance of curriculum and of instructions in the educational system for the purpose of achieving the educational goals, aims and objectives of a country.
An elaborate definition of the concepts of curriculum, instruction and assessment were given. A typology of the relationships that exists among the three concepts was developed in order to examine the relationship between and among them.
The paper recommends that during the development of any curriculum, cognizance should be taken of the assessment mechanisms that would be required in assessing the instructional activities to determine the extent of their achievement.
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