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Curriculum aims/goals

Broad descriptions of purposes or ends stated in general terms without criteria of achievement or mastery. Curriculum aims or goals relate to educational aims and philosophy. They are programmatic and normally do not delineate the specific courses or specific items of content. Typically they refer to the accomplishment of groups (e.g. all learners, learners in general, most learners) rather than the achievement of individual learners. They are broad enough to lead to specific curriculum objectives. Examples include: ‘students will learn to respect and get along with people of different cultures’; ‘students will develop a sense of civic responsibility’; ‘students will attain an appreciation for literature, art, music’.

See also ‘Curriculum objectives’.

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