Publication Date

Spring 4-24-2010


College of Arts and Sciences


Psychology: Clinical/Experimental

Primary Subject Area

Education, Educational Psychology; Psychology, Cognitive


Cognitive Psychology | Curriculum and Instruction


Based on the philosophy that the development of curriculum should provide a framework for the assessment of student learning, backward design was utilized to develop a curriculum review for an elementary music program. This design worked directly with three levels of Bloom’s taxonomy (knowledge, application, and synthesis) in order to demonstrate the level of learning for three grades in a small, private mid-Atlantic elementary school. Fifteen students were assessed using the rubrics both before and after curriculum implementation, and analyses were conducted to determine what changes resulted from the focused, short-term curriculum. A plan of improvement was then developed for the rest of the music program in order to assess and continuously improve the students’ learning.