n South African Journal of Higher Education - Continuous assessment as a tool in curriculum development

Special Edition 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



Evaluation and assessment are integral to curriculum development. The search for improved evaluation methods in educational institutions necessitates study of educator assessment skills. In this South African study, the implementation of CA was reviewed against the backdrop of a changing society - a developing democracy, new education laws, cultural diversity, violence, demoralised teachers and inadequate resources to implement change. Common issues confronting educators emerged. Central to these issues was the need for innovation in the teaching/learning process through transformation of the curriculum. CA had to become a tool driving curriculum development towards meeting the needs of a new, technologically advanced, knowledge society. This article argues that it is the strategies required to process such issues that need attention, given student needs, as well as society in its local and larger context.

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