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Definitions for curriculum
kəˈrɪk yə ləmcur·ricu·lum

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. course of study, program, programme, curriculum, syllabusnoun

    an integrated course of academic studies

    "he was admitted to a new program at the university"


  1. curriculumnoun

    The set of courses, coursework, and their content, offered at a school or university.

  2. Etymology: From curriculum, derived from curro.


  1. Curriculum

    In education, a curriculum (; PL: curricula or curriculums) is broadly defined as the totality of student experiences that occur in the educational process. The term often refers specifically to a planned sequence of instruction, or to a view of the student's experiences in terms of the educator's or school's instructional goals. A curriculum may incorporate the planned interaction of pupils with instructional content, materials, resources, and processes for evaluating the attainment of educational objectives. Curricula are split into several categories: the explicit, the implicit (including the hidden), the excluded, and the extracurricular.Curricula may be tightly standardized or may include a high level of instructor or learner autonomy. Many countries have national curricula in primary and secondary education, such as the United Kingdom's National Curriculum. UNESCO's International Bureau of Education has the primary mission of studying curricula and their implementation worldwide.


  1. curriculum

    Curriculum refers to the planned and organized set of courses, subjects, and educational experiences designed to be delivered to students in a specific educational institution or program. It encompasses the overall content, objectives, instructional strategies, assessments, and other relevant materials that guide the teaching and learning process in a particular educational setting. The curriculum outlines the knowledge, skills, and competencies that students are expected to gain throughout their academic journey and serves as a roadmap for educators to ensure comprehensive and effective instruction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Curriculumnoun

    a race course; a place for running

  2. Curriculumnoun

    a course; particularly, a specified fixed course of study, as in a university

  3. Etymology: [L. See Curricle.]


  1. Curriculum

    In formal education, a curriculum is the planned interaction of pupils with instructional content, materials, resources, and processes for evaluating the attainment of educational objectives. Other definitions combine various elements to describe curriculum as follows: ⁕All the learning which is planned and guided by the school, whether it is carried on in groups or individually, inside or outside the school. ⁕Outlines the skills, performances, attitudes, and values pupils are expected to learn 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. ⁕The total learning experience provided by a school. It includes the content of courses, the methods employed, and other aspects, like norms and values, which relate to the way the school is organized. ⁕The aggregate of courses of study given in a learning environment. The courses are arranged in a sequence to make learning a subject easier. In schools, a curriculum spans several grades. ⁕Curriculum can refer to the entire program provided by a classroom, school, district, state, or country. A classroom is assigned sections of the curriculum as defined by the school. For example, a fourth grade class teaches the part of the school curriculum that has been designed as developmentally appropriate for students who are approximately nine years of age.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Curriculum

    A course of study offered by an educational institution.

Editors Contribution

  1. curriculum

    A specification for education.

    The school has a flexible curriculum.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 23, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'curriculum' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1920

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'curriculum' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3929

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'curriculum' in Nouns Frequency: #841

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of curriculum in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of curriculum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of curriculum in a Sentence

  1. Carl Jung:

    An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.

  2. Defense Secretary Ash Carter:

    We are also refining our curriculum, expanding our outreach to the moderate opposition, and incorporating lessons learned from the first training class.

  3. Paula Steinbach:

    I used my pictures to show them what it looked like, i spend my time looking at the things that I know will enhance the curriculum.

  4. George F. Will, Newsweek, July 4, 2005:

    The problem with intelligent design theory is not that it is false but that it is not falsifiable: Not being susceptible to contradicting evidence, it is not a testable hypothesis. Hence it is not a scientific but a creedal tenet--a matter of faith, unsuited to a public school's curriculum.

  5. Baal Shem Tov:

    Everyone is unique. Compare not yourself with anyone else lest you spoil God's curriculum.

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