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The Influence of Testing on the Curriculum


by George F. Madaus 1988

Can measurement really drive instruction and influence the curriculum? How does a test come to exercise power over curriculum and instruction? What is the nature of that power? This chapter explores these issues. However, to anticipate, the lesson of history is clear. Tests can be, have been, and in some places are the engines that drive teaching and learning. Is this a good thing? The answer depends on one's philosophy of instruction, curriculum, education, and testing. There are profound implications in this driving metaphor about the nature of instruction, curriculum, education, teaching, and testing.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 87, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 89 Number 5, 1988, p. 83-121
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18953, Date Accessed: 8/18/2017 11:44:22 PM

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