The Curriculum And The Alternative Curriculum

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It has been noted that there is a great comparison and contrast that exist between the national curriculum and the alternative curriculum. These comparisons and contrasts mainly occur as a result of how the curriculums address the effectiveness in teaching of key subject areas such as English, Maths and even ICT. It has been argued that the teaching of these three key subjects should take into consideration the holistic development of the child. Curriculum is generally defined as the lesson and the academic content that is either taught in school or a specific programme that is viewed to be academic. In some cases; like for example the dictionary, curriculum is usually defined as the courses that a school offers to its learners though this terminology is rarely used in such a general sense by the schools. The definition of curriculum mainly depends on how widely or broadly educators define or even employ it (Abbott 2001). Drawing my assumption from the already discussed definitions of curriculum; its definition is in reference to the knowledge and skills that students are expected to learn. The mentioned knowledge and skills are inclusive of the learning objectives that they are expected to attain. The most important learning objective that every curriculum developed, be it national curriculum or even the alternative curriculum is on the holistic development of the child. The term holistic development in children mainly lays focus in addressing all the needs of the children.
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