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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.

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. Michelle Moore:

    As a district, we must all work together to figure out how best to apply the laws enacted by the Legislature, our message to our curriculum and instructional staff and teachers is that we support you and understand the challenges that lie ahead of you.

  2. Shaun Swearengen:

    I don't believe the current curriculum does enough to really address true inclusion diversity among students staff.

  3. Starlee Coleman:

    Any person who is a parent, who has more than one child, can tell you that no two children learn the same. They are not motivated in the same way. They don’t work at the same level. So the idea that the exact same school structure, with the exact same curriculum, is going to work in every different school for every different kid in this country is outdated thinking, we need different types of schools that respond to kids’ needs in different ways.

  4. Fox News:

    Ignore the truth and try to play the race card, critical race theory is real. Virginiaparents had a legitimate concern regarding the curriculum in their schools. Democrats will never stop playing the race card because without it there would be no Democratic Party.

  5. Spencer Platt/Getty Images:

    Let's face it. If the kid can't read, if the child can't write, if the child can't function in a classroom atmosphere, how can [educators] anticipate creating a culturally diverse curriculum that is going to address that problem? so it's back to the basics. It's what I was raised with. It's what most Americans were raised with. It worked for our generations. Why are we changing it for this new generation, and in fact, handicapping them?

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