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Discipline-Based Curriculum

  • By: Mustafa Yunus Eryaman
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

The curricula in most formal educational systems of developing and developed countries are divided into separate and distinct subjects or disciplines, such as science, mathematics, literature, social studies, and the arts. In the curricula, school children are expected to concentrate on a single field of study, possibly supported by several courses in closely associated disciplines. Curriculum theorists refer to such curricula as discipline based. The term discipline based covers the full range of distinct subjects or fields of study, including the more traditional usage in areas such as mathematics or physics; in areas of study with a strong professional focus, such as molecular biology; and in newer areas of study, such as media education.

In a discipline-based curriculum approach, the courses that provide students with a ...

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