Education Journal


2006.第34卷第1期(Vol. 34 No. 1).pp. 97–116



On the Essential Meanings of Curriculum

楊龍立(Long-Lih YANG)




This article explores the essential meanings (or semantics) of curriculum by theoretical analysis. The article collects a great deal of data describing the use of curriculum in Western societies, and certifies that curriculum are popular term (topic) in recent academic areas. Then, the article analyzes the character of curriculum in different literatures. Through the analysis, comparison, and classification, the author establishes the main character about the essential meanings of curriculum: (a) there are two kinds of essential meanings of curriculum — the form of the curriculum and the matter of the curriculum; (b) curriculum is the educational matter (content), the mean to achieve educational end (the form of education).