chapter  3
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The Curriculum

The tasks of a teacher, during teaching practice or otherwise, are multi-dimensional. The teacher is not only the person who teaches a particular subject or subjects, but he or she has responsibility for the curriculum, widely interpreted. There are several interpretations of the curriculum which have evolved over decades.1 For example, the former Schools Council2 defined the curriculum as:

subjects processes (e.g. skills of observation, communication, problem-solving, physical and practical,

creative and imaginative, numerical, personal and social) the study of problems (e.g. ecology, poverty) areas of knowledge or experience that which the child defines as the curriculum.