Core curriculum

definition

Essential or basic parts of the curriculum of an educational institution that are studied by all its students even though each has a choice of optional subjects in addition.

example of use

A core curriculum lasting up to the age of 15 or 16 keeps the least privileged families away from a process of ‘self-selection’ and from choosing those tracks with the lowest academic standing, which are also perceived as involving the least risk (Dupriez, 2010: 73).

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