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Curriculum Policy

  • By: F. Michael Connelly & Gerry Connelly
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

There are three kinds of curriculum policy: formal, implicit, and prudential. Formal curriculum policy is the official, mandatory statement of what is to be taught to students. Such statements are expressed in widely different ways by those responsible for policy development, for example, philosophical vision, goals, subject matter knowledge, student standards, and what students know and should be able to do. Curriculum policy takes on broader implicit and prudential meaning during implementation. Implicit curriculum policy refers to policies at various administrative and government levels that influence curriculum practices. For instance, the United States, No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is an education policy with significant impact on local curriculum practices, though NCLB is not a formal curriculum policy. Implicit curriculum policy also refers to statements, ...

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