Rider obituary Archived at the Wayback Machine, Osage County, Oklahoma USGenWeb Project, m; accessed June 24, 2015. As core curricula began to diminish over the course of the twentieth century at many American schools, some smaller institutions became famous for embracing a core curriculum that covers nearly the students entire undergraduate education, often utilizing classic. Some influential definitions combine various elements to describe curriculum as follows: Through the readings of Smith, 14 Dewey, 15 and Kelly, four types of curricula could be defined as: Explicit curriculum: subjects that will be taught, the identified "mission". In our education system, curriculum is divided into chunks of knowledge called subject areas in basic education including English, mathematics, science, and social studies. Types of curricula edit Under some definitions, curriculum is prescriptive, and is based on a more general syllabus which merely specifies what topics must be understood and to what level to achieve a particular grade or standard. These can only be called curriculum if the written materials are actualized by the learner. 15 It is a development of experience and into experience that is really wanted.