Digest of terms

curriculum

although originally referring to the rut created by racing chariots, the term is commonly used to describe the content of teaching and learning in education. There is contention over the extent to which that too should be 'rutted' - routinized or flexible - in its various elements. By contrast there is general recognition that there may be a 'hidden' curriculum alongside that which is consciously planned and publicly declared. In regard to moral education, the curriculum may be more or less didactic, formal and explicit, or exploratory, informal and implicit. Its alternative forms include circle time, philosophy for children, and values clarification. Moral education also features within other curriculum subjects. Values and beliefs are omnipresent and dealing with them unavoidable, so that arguably every teacher contributes to both moral and religious education.

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