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An introduction to curriculum
Curriculum is a vast and complex field. Most simply, curriculum can be defined as a ‘course of study’, though in the context of today’s society and school system the concept of curriculum is highly contested and often misunderstood (Priestly 2019). Taking curriculum in its broadest sense, we can appreciate that every part of school life plays an important role in delivering curriculum and teaching children and young people. Curriculum is manifested both through the ways that schools and subject areas interpret and design courses of academic learning, and also through the ‘hidden curriculum’. This term refers to almost everything not subject-related in schools, including: Non-academic learning promoted by schools (through the attitudes, values and culture promoted by the school) The physical environment of the school The social environment of the school Unconscious teaching that occurs in the classroom. (Priestley, 2019) Taking this holistic view, we can see that curricu
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