The intended curriculum is the overt curriculum that is acknowledged in policy statements as that which schools or other educational institutions or arrangements set out to accomplish. Sometimes the intended curriculum is contrasted with the hidden curriculum (that which is learned from the structural organization of the schooling institution and the society in which it is embedded), the taught curriculum (teachers' interpretations of the intentions set forth in policy or their intentional substitutions for that which is intended), the null curriculum (that which is not emphasized), the tested curriculum, and the learned curriculum.

Normally, it is framed within a conceptualization derived from the writings of Ralph Tyler, known as the Tyler Rationale, which was originally developed as a set of principles to guide curriculum and ...

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