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Normed Topic

A body of curricular content that can be taught at the Master's level with 3 hours of in-class instruction and 7 hours or outside-class reading and related preparation.

(Clark, Eisen and Pal, 2014: See: Mapping the Topics and Learning Outcomes of a Core Curriculum for MPP and MPA Programs, Clark, Eisen, Lennon, Pal, 26 May 2015; Normed Core Topics, Clark, Eisen and Pal, NASPAA Conference, 1 November 2014The New World of Standards in Public Management Pedagogy: Comparing Universal Accreditation Competencies with the Actual Content of MPP and MPA Programs, Clark and Pal, April 2014

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A normed topic’s subject matter reflects a curricular norm based on the documented content in MPP/MPA course syllabi including an indication of how student learning of this subject matter can be assessed (e.g., a 30-minute problem set, a 5-page essay or a 30-minute multiple choice test). In that paper we made a preliminary estimate of the number of normed topics in each of the 34 subjects that comprise the Master’s-level subject matter in the entire pedagogical field of public policy and management. The total was projected to be somewhat over one thousand normed topics, covering all (core and non-core) courses for which we could examine syllabi.

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