2. What is meant by the term curriculum?

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In this document, curriculum (or curricula) is defined broadly to include four basic components:

1. Goals: The benchmarks or expectations for teaching and learning, often made explicit in the form of a scope and sequence of skills to be addressed;

2. Methods: The specific instructional methods for the teacher, often described in a teacher’s edition;

3. Materials: The media and tools that are used for teaching and learning;

4. Assessment: The reasons for and methods of measuring student progress.

The term curriculum is often used to describe only the goals, objectives, or plans, something distinct from the “means” of methods, materials, and assessment. Yet since each of these components are essential for effective learning-and since each includes hidden barriers that undermine student efforts to become master learners-curriculum design should consider each of them as a piece.

These guidelines apply to the general education curriculum which, when universally designed, should meet the educational needs of most students, including those with disabilities. This document can help guide the design of expectations, content, methods, and outcomes across differing classrooms in each school or system.

136 Responses to 2. What is meant by the term curriculum?

  1. Joe Gillespie says:

    I have to say that even with my many years in education, I had a tendency to isolate curriculum to the stated goals that were expected to be covered in an academic year. The readings and videos have broadened my thinking. I see curriculum as how something is taught, how the classroom is set up, the materials that are used, the methods that a teacher uses, what students learn, and what is assessed. Curriculum is broad and all encompassing.

  2. Hoda Syruk says:

    To my perspective and understanding of an educational curriculum, is that the word curriculum is a very broad and basic concept that underlines many aspects and components for the goal of educating students.
    Curriculum in its broad sense means the frame work of what should be taught and what to expect from the learners to know and perform.

  3. Ibrahim Na'Abba says:

    curriculum is a total experiance that learned by student under the supervision of a teacher in a class

  4. When I think of the term curriculum, I reflex on the idea of planned individualized instruction for students that will assist them in reaching a stated goal. The curriculum may be explicit or implicit instruction.

  5. Taviti Juliano Mele says:

    As a trainee teacher i think curriculum is a set of planned knowledge and skills that had been planned out in schools for teachers to follow while teaching in different levels of educations, and that it can happen inside or outside the classroom.

  6. Beatrice Mzenga says:

    i still don’t understand on what is a curriculum document?

  7. Mamuda Hussaini says:

    keep it up,so that the exceptional adult and children will meet their need through curriculum modification.thanks

  8. When the terms curriculum or curricula are used in educational contexts without qualification, specific examples, or additional explanation, it may be difficult to determine precisely what the terms are referring to—mainly because they could be applied to either all or only some of the component parts of a school’s academic program or courses.

  9. Curriculum refers to the means and materials with which students will interact for the purpose of achieving identified educational outcomes

  10. What are the curricum moderns

  11. Curriculum contained all the leaning planned activities guided by the school

  12. It is necessary for teachers to learn about school curriculum?

  13. Wada Siba Hadejia says:

    Curriculum means as an
    Subject matter
    Personal learning experience.


  14. Nhlanhla Moyo says:

    I enjoy the way you explain about curriculum.I need to learn more especial operating privet schools.

  15. rajab fundi says:

    1. national needs
    2. national edugational philosophy or ideology
    3. needs and capability of the learners
    4. resoureces.

  16. saleh magaji says:


  17. Princewell says:

    My definition of curriculum is ..It includes all the teaching and learning that goes on in the schools that help to equip the learner with the necessary qualities to help him or her deliver meaningfully to the society

  18. Mahdi ibrahim says:

    I do agree with each and everything reported in this aspect. I also would like to thank you very much for the carity in defining such terms that are related to the topic. I suggest that you put all these ideas in a book to be puished and distributed around the world. If you do so, I’ll let my sudents order that
    book as atextbook assigned to the course that I teach.
    Dr. Mahdi Inrahim
    Department of curricula & Teaching Methods
    Faculty of Education- Taibah University
    Al-Madinah Al Munawara
    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    • ismail yau ahmad says:

      iam from bayero university in nigeria. i appreciate fully with your comment and i also like your suggestion in providing text book for reference.

  19. reddy bhambi says:

    Please notes on curriculum and instruction

  20. Chester says:

    Curriculum involves the activities a learner undergoes in a specified academic period. It is both written and the hidden curricula.

  21. Chester says:

    curriculum involves all the learning experiences a learner has to go through in a specied academic period. It is both written and hidden curricula.

  22. Yankson Maxwell says:

    curriculum is the planned activities that a learner undergoes under the guidance of a school or other educational institution.

  23. Wheshure vimbai says:

    Meaningfull expression

  24. Isaac says:

    Realy educative

  25. know I no the necessity of curriculum in learning.

  26. Arogundade kikelomo says:

    I can now see curriculum in a broader sense.

  27. Amy Jorgensen says:

    I used to think of curriculum only as the official document of prescribed learning mandated by a local authority. I know see that curriculum includes both the learning objectives and the materials and methods of teaching that effect student learning.

  28. Amy Jorgensen says:

    I used to think of curriculum only as the official document of prescribed learning mandated by a local authority. I know see that curriculum includes both the learning objectives and the materials and methods of teaching effect student learning.

  29. Precious O.P says:

    I am a first year student, studying Education Foundation Phase. Honestly speaking I have been thinking that the concept’Curriculum’ is difficult and boring, but after seeing this webpage n all the comments there is some change. I am starting to enjoy the concept and I am now more informed. Thank you all very much, your comments are very helpful. God bless

  30. Babigumira maxim says:

    According to me curriculum can be defined as the total effort of the school to bring about the desired outcomes in and the school situation and outside the school situation

  31. Babigumira maxim says:

    what are the views of curriculum

  32. Emmanuel Bwalya says:

    Its very educative and we more

  33. parisha says:

    What is curriculum scope

  34. ABBA Abdullahi says:

    @Angela dat is gd definition very simple and straight

  35. Rahma says:

    D page should go beyond the definition of curriculum

    • Rahma says:

      Types of curriculum
      1- subject centred curriculum
      2- Activity/Experience-centred curriculum
      3- Child-centred curriculum
      4- Hidden Curriculum
      5- Core-Curriculum

      • Naran says:

        Curriculum is important thing in education
        Curriculum drives the training
        Curriculum helps for teacher
        Curriculum is everything

  36. curriculum is a sent of content, materials, objectives, methods, resources

  37. Hagar Safwat says:

    Curriculum is a program designed for a purposed goals under main topic/s, and taught according to a specific approach.

    1. Curriculum change is inevitable and desirable..
    2. Curriculum is a comprehensive process..
    3. Curriculum is a systematic development.
    4. Curriculum is a continuous process..
    5. Curriculum encourages co-operative endeavor

  39. Curriculum is the total learning experiences, programmes and activities learners go through under the guidance and directions of the administration to effect a behavioural change..

    • A BROAD DEFINITION, You can also read on narrow and midway definitions for curriculum. Great!!!

    • Fahad abdulsalam ak kankia says:

      Iam a student of isa kaita college of education dutsin-ma. Department of primary education studies {PES}. Curriculum is the term used to describe a set of courses, subjects or programmes that are provided by an educational institutions or schools for the purpose of formal education.

  40. Habu Saidu Zguma says:

    curriculum should also be based on level and culture of the learners

  41. curriculum is the planned and unplanned experiences which pupils acquire at school.

  42. mokgadi serumula says:

    curriculum refer to course and aademic content that rea taught at school

  43. Curriculum is a set of courses or content that is planned and taught in or outside the school for the purpose developing of the learner physically, morally, socially and intellectually.

  44. esther nkandu soko says:

    the idea of sharing certain definitions is explainations is good

  45. Curriculum also emphasizes that school life is a continuation of the life in the society it serves, what the school designs and teaches does not end within the school programmes.

  46. carmi ventura says:

    curriculum is a sets of all learning outcomes that achieved by the learners during formal instruction.


  48. NAKIMULI RESTY says:

    curriculum refers to the sum total of all experiences a learner undergoes under the guidance of the school.

  49. joseph says:

    i think it means the complete learning experience in the school

  50. I think curriculum involve the whole process of acquiring knowledge.

  51. Animbue. says:

    Curriculum is the only ways Education can be implanted into a person,in an orderly manner.

  52. olabisi says:

    curriculum constitutes a broad range of student experiences in the school secting

  53. Adjei Annor John says:

    what are the factors that would influence the curriculum in a particular group of people

  54. affum jacobson says:

    curriculum is a plan or program of all experiences which the learner encounters under the direction of a school.

  55. Ifeoma says:

    It educating to know that curriculum studies is very interesting

  56. Miki Blay,Ghana says:

    is a whole knowledge and experiences acquired by students in school inside or outside classroom with the school guidelines.

  57. lucy Adowah says:

    curriculum is all the experience a learner encounters under the guidance of a school,

  58. F says:

    Curriculum is a planning course/subject by the curriculum designers in education sector for all school levels (the so-called National Curriculum) to achieve its education goals, and can be developed and interpreted by each school curriculumn team without out of its national pathway.

  59. Yinusa saliu.A(MR) says:

    Am student of University Of Iloirn

  60. Yinusa saliu.A(MR) says:

    What are the diffirenc between curriculum And syllabus.

    • Peter S Kopweh says:

      You first begin with curriculum from which you can base your syllabuses on. Within the curriculum you show the following: Situation analysis,learning outcomes, related tasks, assessment methods, assessment instruments, bench-marking of assessment criteria, assessment criteria, marks distribution, description of courses, and reference materials.

  61. Angela Chibuzor Anyanwu says:

    I thought curriculum are set of instructional materials carried out in an academic year for students or pupils to be able to know what the teacher will teach them in a term or semester.

  62. Rilwan Yakubu says:

    Curriculum can seen as all the means employed by the school to provide the student with opportunities for desirable leaning experiences.

  63. There are four (4) basic concept of curriculum, these are :
    1. Statement of objectives.
    2.Content or subject matter.
    3. Method of instruction.
    4. Evaluation.

  64. Akashambatwa John says:

    Am a student at the university of Africa..
    Curriculum is the outline of the skills ,attitudes,performances,and values pupils are expected to learning from schooling;it includes statements of desired pupil outcomes,descriptions of materials and the planned sequence that will be used to help pupils attain the outcomes.

  65. Nyariang' says:

    Curriculum is the totality of what is learnt in and outside a school setting,guided or unguided,conciously or unconciously and which should positively impact on learners.

  66. […] the doors of the High School to see who would be in attendance and the topics going up on the Big Board. I have a lot of thoughts about what educators should be talking about to drive better pedagogy, […]

  67. what are the importance of curriculum

  68. Akolade Tajudeen Mukaila (ATM) says:

    Well done!
    keep it up…

  69. mrschristy oyebade umoh says:

    currculum refer to skills used in teaching without curriculum it is impossible to allocted a school

  70. musa muhammed babatunde says:

    curriculum is rooted in a society. that is, the curriculum must be reflect in need in our society.

  71. amos says:

    curriculum can be defined as the total experince or knowledge school inculcate in to student.

  72. sorry am realy confused can some one tell me what are the basis of changing curriculum i need ur help

  73. Nickson Mongi says:

    I’m very confused on identifying the goal of curriculum desgn. I need your help

  74. ekun akinshola says:

    Curriculum is what happen to me as student in side the school and outside the school under the guidance/supervision of the school

  75. Rendani says:

    Very detailed and spot on

  76. fibion mudamburi says:

    quite educational

  77. Mampotse says:

    This is informative as I perceived curriculum to consist of what is to be taugt in class and what is to be tested in an examination.

  78. Stephen K. Beyan says:

    I am a graduate student of education at the University of Liberia. Frankly, I loved to always know about curriculum especially in the area of education.

  79. Emmanuel says:

    how to achieve the goal of curriculum & in the otherhand, how to get teaching job immidiatly after some once NCE. Thank’s & God bless you.

  80. Mr Agori Clement. says:

    Types of Curriculum are as follows: 1.Broad base curriculum. 2.community base curriculum.

  81. Mr Agori Clement. says:

    The curriculum planners should consider the numerous and unsolved problems to be included in the school curriculum and the reward for teachers as a result of increment in the workload.

  82. Ola Jeremiah says:

    The curriculum is the entire life of a school child. Tx.

  83. Okunola tosin says:

    This source is reliable. Thanks

  84. Sharyl says:

    Hola! I’ve been following your website for a while now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Lubbock Tx! Just wanted to say keep up the good work!

  85. Godoni says:

    Well done,better to increase the content of the lesson,anyway.

  86. musa usman says:

    is planing system of education

  87. curriculum is the first stage for learning

  88. Aminu says:

    Nice effort keep on casting the light into the darkness of ignorance


    Curriculum for side of me is the subject matter content that tought at school or college for the aim of archiving a certain seted goals.

  90. Peter, mfonobong says:

    Enlighten the page more

  91. Tayo seye says:

    The defination is universal in nature,keep it up

  92. yohannes estifanos says:

    it a directory what an education is

  93. emmanuel meshack says:

    i lyk t

  94. Aminu jibril lawal says:

    I’m so excited nd fully this explation.

  95. greasophyr says:

    is the total learning experience of the learners


    curriculum is defined as all the learning experience that the learner goes under the guidance or supervision of the school, either individually or in groups, in or outside the school.


    Curriculum is the total learning experience that the learner goes under the guidance of the school, either individually or in groups, in and outside the school

  98. i love curriculum and i like study curriculum in my degree

  99. edwin .j.tillya says:

    is the totality of what a learner does at school includes structured and unstructured activities

  100. itohowo Effanga says:

    I love curriculum

  101. Is also an effort 2 guid people by thorough instruction 2 provid guided learning contents and methods 2 give feedback.

  102. John says:

    I wil wnt 2 study curriculm as my second degree.

  103. Miriam says:


  104. morgan m says:

    curriculum is usually derived from political manifestos of those political parties that are in control. specific goals are achieved through education either of spreading an ideology that is communism, capitalism e.t.c .the same vehicle was used by hitler during his time to spread the anti semitism policy. nowonder why karl max emphasised the need to free education from politics

    • Mubarik Ali says:

      really that is the main problem every one comes and adopted thir own idea thir own thinking they do not think about the nation and do not know the mental level of a child so i agree with you

  105. Odugbose Adeniyi says:

    How effective is curriculum to teaching-learning method?

  106. umar sheriff says:

    how do we design curriculum?

  107. How does curriculum and English subject related

  108. okwara emeka victor says:

    what are the challenges in nigeria educational system?

  109. okwara emeka victor says:

    i will love to know more on curriculum education in nigeria?

  110. dibiaezue obiajulu collins says:

    what is the relevance of curriculum to political science

  111. Always help us with our research

  112. Queenet says:

    Please distinguish between formative and summative evaluation

  113. Manuel says:

    The curriculum is a general guide that offers objectives and themes in a sequential form (this sequence may be provided by a competent textbook). Details like materials as well as specific types of learning activities should be determined by the teacher depending on the students’ characteristics and needs; which the curriculum writer does not know. Curricula guide teachers in selecting instructional objectives; they do not determine the specifics of each and every lesson.

  114. Oyepeju says:

    Curriculum should consist of programe of study,activities and guidance.

  115. Masolwa says:

    it needs more clarification since curriculum is a broad term

  116. maz says:

    still need more explaination about the curriculum

  117. Douglas M. Williamson EdD says:

    Never thought of curriculum including Material and assessment. Ours usually show scope, sequence, and goals or objectives.

  118. Abayomi onasanya says:

    Explain briefly core curriculum

  119. sherryle Jackson says:

    Seems basic.

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