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Intended curriculum

A set of formal documents which specify what the relevant national education authorities and society expect that students will learn at school in terms of knowledge, understanding, skills, values, and attitudes to be acquired and developed, and how the outcomes of the teaching and learning process will be assessed. It is usually embodied in curriculum framework(s) and guides, syllabi, textbooks, teacher’s guides, content of tests and examinations, regulations, policies and other official documents. Also referred to as the ‘official curriculum’ and the ‘planned curriculum’.

See also ‘Attained curriculum’, ‘Implemented curriculum’.

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