What is Curriculum: Definition and 88 Discussions

In education, a curriculum (; plural 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. In a 2003 study, Reys, Reys, Lapan, Holliday, and Wasman refer to curriculum as a set of learning goals articulated across grades that outline the intended mathematics content and process goals at particular points in time throughout the K–12 school program. Curriculum may incorporate the planned interaction of pupils with instructional content, materials, resources, and processes for evaluating the attainment of educational objectives. Curriculum is 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.

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  1. W

    Physics education is 60+ years out of date

    <Mentor’s note: this thread is closed as a duplicate of https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/the-coming-revolution-in-physics-education.954664/ > In the March 2024 issue of Nature Physics 'Computing in Physics Education' (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41567-023-02371-2) we read: "In the...
  2. Frabjous

    The changing physics curriculum in 1961

    Phillip Morse (of Morse and Feshbach) wrote this preface for the preliminary* edition of his book Thermal Physics. It has some interesting comments about curriculum reform. * First time I have heard of a preliminary edition of a book
  3. R

    What is the IB curriculum and its Benefits?

    Give me details about IB. I would like to know about IB, IGCSE, and CBSE Curriculum.
  4. C

    Courses The right Curriculum for a Physics Master's Degree (Quantum Optics & Info)?

    Hello everyone. I'm starting my M.Sc. in Physics in the summer term. I'm studying in Germany and completed a standard programm in the bachelor programm which consisted of the obligatory courses like Quantum Mechanics, Electrodynamics, Statistical Mechanics and Mechanics. I have to mention...
  5. Eclair_de_XII

    Do you think diversification in a student's curriculum is important?

    Hypothetically, say Student A is required only to take subjects falling under his or her major in order to graduate. And suppose that Student A chooses to focus on only those subjects relating to that major. Let's say now, that there is a Student B, who shares the same major as Mr. A. Student B...
  6. Adesh

    How to survive with these kinds of curriculum?

    The institute where I'm studying consists of books, problems and exams which seems to me completely senseless. I have been a self-study guy ( actually this was a compulsion, not a desire) so I read some well renowned books like The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Spivak Calculus , Morrison and...
  7. N

    Studying Theoretical physics self-study curriculum

    Hey there, my name's Travis, I'm a high school graduate and prospective theoretical physicist. I started my post-school learning by looking into correspondence study and got hold of some material from a friend. However, despite the fact that I love calculus and physics, I completed the 1st year...
  8. H

    Classical Seeking advice on Self Study Curriculum

    I'm usually entirely autonomous in planning out my curriculum (and have read much great advice here in aid); but my physics curriculum is proving more difficult to plan out than my math curriculum. I was thinking as a start: Kleppner & Kolenkow Mechanics, Purcell Electricity and Magnetism, and...
  9. B

    Other Help designing self-taught astrophysics curriculum

    Hey everyone, I'm new here and I hope I can get some help with this! I recently decided to start the no doubt long and painful process of teaching myself physics in order to pursue a lifelong obsession of mine, that being outer space / planetary science. I don't seek a formal education in this...
  10. S

    What should be taught in school -- math/physics

    As someone who taught math and physics for about 20 years, I've given this some thought, and I'm convinced that the whole idea of what and how we teach these in high school is upwhacked. One of the common complaints from kids, "what is this good for". And you, know, they are right. I've had...
  11. binbagsss

    Aspects of math that are often over-formulated on curriculum

    Hi, I think sometimes curriculum contains to many formulae. E.g in calculus why is there a need for the quotient rule when there is the product rule Does anyone agree? Any examples for undergrad too anyone can think of?
  12. J

    When did QM become standard Curriculum

    Hi all, Given that usually the most recent subject taught in a standard undergraduate curriculum is quantum mechanics, which was developed in the first half of the twentieth century, when did it become a standard part of the curriculum for undergraduates?
  13. M

    Admissions Should Community Service Unrelated to My Graduate Program be Included on My CV?

    I have some community service experience but not very long in duration and is not related to my graduate direction (eg. I was tutoring Chinese for a semester). Should I still include it?
  14. W

    Redesigning the math/physics curriculum, take 2

    I saw the topic and have given it a lot of thought over the past few years, and my take is so different from the other thread I'm starting another. Problems with the beginning math curriculum: 1. Too abstract and difficult 2. Totally unmotivated These problems were unavoidable 50 years ago...
  15. RaijuRainBird

    Redesigning Mathematics Curriculum, thoughts?

    I've had a pretty poor experience going through the standardized education system in California, and now that I'm in college, I'm really fed up with how mathematics is taught (even at the college level). With this said, I thought it would be fun for me to redesign the entire math education...
  16. mrnike992

    Ideal Physics UG Curriculum Order?

    I've looked at various universities' undergraduate physics programs and they're often vastly different in both courses offered and order presented. This thread is mostly just to hear others' opinions about what order the courses should be presented, and what courses undergrad physics majors...
  17. Adam LeTrexane

    Planning an Individual Curriculum for QM/MIW & TOE?

    Hi again! Let me preface this by saying that if you don't subscribe to the idea of the existence of parallel universes, I encourage you to hit the Back button on your browser. That said, read on if you'd like to help me get some direction of where to start to begin understanding quantum...
  18. Bhend449

    "Physics of Pinball" curriculum ideas

    Hey everybody, I've been sort of getting into pinball machines lately, and it's gotten me thinking that nearly all of an introductory mechanics class could be taught through the perspective of a pinball machine. Hooke's law for the launcher, acceleration components for the ball rolling...
  19. ZapperZ

    Insights Your Curriculum Vitae - Comments

    ZapperZ submitted a new PF Insights post Your Curriculum Vitae Continue reading the Original PF Insights Post.
  20. D

    Courses to be taken for becoming a drilling engineer

    Hello, I have completed my bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and will be joining for my masters degree in mechanical engineering shortly. I am planning to become a drilling engineer in the petroleum industry. So in order to achieve my goal, what are the recommended courses that i...
  21. S

    Advice on my outline on undergraduate physics curriculum

    I have studied physics during my undergraduate years but I want to relearn everything as I came to my realization that I'm weak because of the quality of education I got. So far, I want to know if my order of study is good. Classical Mechanics: An Introduction to Mechanics by Kleppner and...
  22. S

    Curriculum planning for un-learning

    Learning mathematics and science at a given stage seems to involve unlearning some of what you learned at an earlier stage. Do experts in "curriculum design" take this into account when they organize materials? At the moment, I'm thinking of the intuitive, but technically incorrect definition...
  23. Etheryte

    What Courses and Textbooks Are Typical in a First-Year Physics Major Curriculum?

    What are the common classes, and if it's not too much additional trouble, textbooks that are associated with then in the first year of college under a Theoretical Physics major?
  24. muraii

    Open-Source Curricula for Self-Study & Collaboration

    A few months ago I asked for recommendations for textbooks on generalized linear models. (Nevermind that I seem not to have actually asked anything.) I'm still in the same boat but am considering a different approach. I mention in that I felt approaching practical (mostly work) and theoretical...
  25. laramman2

    Is this a good applied physics curriculum?

    The program is called 'Applied Physics major in Instrumentation' The courses of the program are (in no particular order) Math: College Algebra Trigonometry Analytic Geometry Calc I Calc II Vector Calculus Differential Equations Linear Algebra Probability and Statistics...
  26. N

    Do you get annoyed about forgetting old curriculum?

    Hey. So it's 2 months since my last university exam, and that curriculum is already starting to become a bit shady in my head. It's even worse with the curriculum from my last year's subjects - I've nearly forgotten everything except the calculus (because I use it often in my physics and maths...
  27. reenmachine

    Highschool mathematics curriculum

    Hi all! I'm a mid-20s guy from Montreal , Quebec , Canada completing his high school mathematic courses at an high school for adults with the eventual goal of entering a bachelor program in mathematics (probably either at McGill or Universite de Montreal (UdeM)). Basically I'm worried about...
  28. jbrussell93

    Is My Physics Curriculum Weak Compared to Other Schools?

    After talking with students from other schools and looking around at "typical" physics curricula, I can't help but wonder whether mine is a bit weak... I go to a large state school with a relatively tiny physics department and part of me thinks they have condensed the workload in order to...
  29. Y

    Electrical engineering curriculum.

    hi all here is my school curriculum : First Year : 1st semester ENG 101 college writing MTH 181 Calculus I CHM 261 General Chemistry I CHM 266 General Chemistry Lab I ESC 120 Intro To Engineering Design ESC 100 New Student Orientation semester 2: ENG 102 OR ESC...
  30. Y

    Electrical engineering curriculum ,your opinion is required.

    hi I am going to apply to Cleveland State university soon to major in Electrical engineering. here is the program they offer : http://www.csuohio.edu/undergradcatalog/eng/programs/ele.htm I would appreciate it if some 1 in here who has a good experience review the program and tell me what...
  31. J

    What should I write for my curriculum vitae?

    I am currently in my 3rd year of physics and I wanted to do some research with a professor. I have emailed him and he said that I need to provide him with a transcript and a cv. But I have no experience doing research at all. So what do I include in the cv?
  32. C

    Chemistry curriculum too heavily bio focused?

    I believe that the current chemistry curriculum has had a major increase in biological content in the past 10 years, and that this biological content has replaced valuable mathematical content. It used to be that the core classes of chemistry were, along with the basic math core of calculus...
  33. jbrussell93

    Physics curriculum w/out linear algebra?

    My school does not require physics majors to take linear algebra. I've noticed that some schools have a course called "differential equations and linear algebra" that is taken after the calc sequence but we only have to take ODE. There is a matrix theory class that math majors take that I've...
  34. Z

    Wants ChemE job, loves Mechanical E curriculum

    Hello. I am a sophomore in college trying to decide between majors Mechanical Eng. and Chemical Eng. This decision has been a lengthy introspective battle since graduating high school. I have always enjoyed chemistry, notably chemical reactions especially in food and drinks and biology. I...
  35. K

    Engineering curriculum the way it should be ?

    Engineering curriculum the way it should be !? Hello guys Am a new member, and from a 3 world country. and i have been having serous doubts about the way engineering is taught here where i come from. and frankly it feels like am the only one here who cares, and at the fear of sounding...
  36. S

    Best self study physics curriculum?

    Hi everybody, I've been out of school for 4 years and I'd like to learn some physics. I'll give a summary of my background and I'd like suggestions as to what I should study and in what order. There's an abundance of resources that can be found through Google, but it's hard to decide what is...
  37. M

    When should calculators be introduced to the curriculum?

    I'm just wondering. When do you think kids should be introduced to the idea of using a calculator to do math?
  38. K

    Engineering Curriculum Book List

    Hey everyone, I'm starting applied physics in September, but I'd like to self-study engineering on the side. Not in the sense of practically getting an additional degree by self-studying, mind you, just out of interest... and because I might want to do a masters in engineering after I've done...
  39. S

    Does my undergrad curriculum matter a lot?

    Hi. I'm currently a sophomore and I am doing a math major with a concentration in statistics. I'm a bit overwhelmed by the amount of courses there are for the major. I haven't taken any math classes during my first year, and I just finished up linear algebra (intro level; will be taking upper...
  40. J

    Do I Need a Specific Laptop for My ChE Curriculum?

    Hi, I'm a ChE student at a community college right now doing the transfer program to a 4 year university where I will resume my education as a junior in the Fall 12 semester. I'm thinking that I will need a laptop; I'm not that great with specs and hardware however. So any advice? I'm...
  41. S

    Modern Physics in the Highschool Curriculum

    I don't know if this should go here exactly, excuse me if it goes in another place. So I am learning about Quantum Mechanics and Relativity in this moment. These ideas are 100 years old or less. This makes me think, when did this ideas got incorporated in the academic curriculum? Was it...
  42. A

    Curriculum structure of chemical/material engineering

    i'm considering whether to take chemical engineering or material engineering to major. anyone can help to explain the topics and scope of both of these engineering?
  43. K

    Applied Mathematics Curriculum

    Hello all, I *finally* have my studies decided for the next 2.5 years, and I am looking for some advice from either applied mathematicians or those who work in a related field (content specialization does not matter). I'm entering into a graduate mathematics program (officially Fall 2012...
  44. K

    When did Hilbert Space First Enter the Undergrad Math Curriculum?

    How long does it take for newly discovered math material or physics material to be standardized into the math undergrad curriculum? Just wondering about hilbert space as well. When did hilbert space first go into the undergrad curriculum?
  45. D

    Does your school's math curriculum satisfy you?

    Does your school's math curriculum "satisfy" you? How much rigor is in your math courses? My school has a distinct math faculty (our math program is through the math faculty, not through sciences) with a variety of math majors: combinatorics, statistics, pure math, applied math, computation...
  46. B

    Physics Curriculum: K-12 Education in Turkey

    Hi, I am from turkey. we'll change education the physics in grade k-12 in our country. And we research how is the best order of topics. So how is the order topics of physics in your country? Can you give me a link I found it? What is your suggestion in this matter? Thank you very much for now.
  47. W

    Recommended Physics Curriculum

    Hello everyone... So I've decided to attempt to become a physicist as a career change, something that I've always been fascinated by and am certain will enjoy... My particular circumstances are that I cannot begin my college education at a university until the fall of 2012, due to...
  48. W

    Computer Electronics Engineering Curriculum

    Hey guys, I'm kind of building from my previous post of self-study. I am interested in the construction/building of computer parts and sciences. I was wondering if anybody could help me construct a list of topics (in sequence preferably) along with appropriate texts to learn what's listed? I...
  49. N

    New Teacher here, with inquiry-based curriculum

    Hi everyone, I'm Rob, and I'm coming on here because people on these forums seem to know their stuff. I just completed a 1 year student teaching program that has a high emphasis on inquiry-based instruction. A few days ago I thought of an idea for a curriculum that might help foster the...
  50. N

    New Teacher here, with inquiry-based curriculum

    Hi everyone, I'm Rob, and I'm coming on here because people on these forums seem to know their stuff. I just completed a 1 year student teaching program that has a high emphasis on inquiry-based instruction. A few days ago I thought of an idea for a curriculum that might help foster...