Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 33, Issue 4, pp 271–280 | Cite as

Curriculum Mapping in Higher Education: A Vehicle for Collaboration

  • Kay Pippin UchiyamaEmail author
  • Jean L. Radin


This qualitative study makes the case for the implementation of curriculum mapping, a procedure that creates a visual representation of curriculum based on real time information, as a way to increase collaboration and collegiality in higher education. Through the use of curriculum mapping, eleven faculty members in a western state university Teacher Licensure program aligned and revised the teacher education curriculum across a sequence of courses. An increase in collaboration and collegiality among faculty emerged as an unintended outcome as a result of participation in the project.

Key words

curriculum mapping collaboration collegiality higher education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Poudre School DistrictFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.Colorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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