For further assistance in using any of the resources in the Lab,
please ask at the Curriculum Lab Information Services Desk.
Curriculum publications are officially approved descriptions of prescribed
curricula, and suggested delivery methods and learning resources.
That is, they define goals and objectives for learning in specific subject
areas, and provide a synopsis of the content to be covered and the skills
to be mastered at different grade levels. They can also list basic and recommended
There is a wide variety of terms used in the curriculum publications for the different subject areas.
Here is a pyramid showing the different terminology and their equivalencies in
In Alberta, curriculum publications include the Program of Studies,
which provides an overview of the entire curriculum. A statement of
the "Goals of Basic Education" for Alberta appears at the beginning
of the volume for each of the three divisions. Other core curriculum
documents include Teacher Resource Manuals, Guides to Implementation
and Curriculum Guides (etc.), which are subject specific, and are often
limited by grade level (e.g.. Language Arts, Gr.7-9). In some cases
you will find subject specific Programs of Study. The format and depth
of publications varies among subjects. Other curriculum publications
include resource catalogues, handbooks, and teaching units. These may
be general or subject specific.
The Curriculum Publication Chart is very useful to guide you through what types
of documents are available in each subject. It is also posted on the ends of the
Curriculum Publications library shelves.
Browsing the Shelves for Alberta Curriculum Publications
The Curriculum Laboratory has a comprehensive collection of current Alberta
curriculum publications. All of them have the call number 375,
and can be found in the main Curriculum Lab Collection.
Within the 375 section, the collection of curriculum publications is
subdivided according to subject area, and arranged alphabetically:
detailed list of Curriculum Materials divisions, broken down by subject
The collection is further arranged according to grade level:
There are three general areas in the 375 section which are NOT subject specific. These are:
- Administration e.g. School Act, School Councils Handbook
- General e.g. Program of Studies, Guide to Education: ECS to Grade 12
- Miscellaneous e.g. list of schools
Searching the Library Catalogue for Curriculum Publications
Curriculum publications can also be located by looking in the Library Catalogue:
- By author: generally a corporate author: i.e.:
'Alberta Education' or 'Alberta
Learning' (old name).
- By subject heading:
- Add curriculum planning to your search for programs of
- Add lesson planning to your search for teacher resource
manuals and other core curriculum documents.
- Add secondary, primary, elementary or middle school
to narrow your search by grade level.
- Add Alberta or other location to narrow your search geographically.
agriculture curriculum planning
social sciences lesson planning alberta
science curriculum planning elementary
Other Curriculum Publications
Current Curriculum publications for each province can be found at these web sites:
Western and Northern Canadian Protocol Curriculum Materials
BC Education - Curriculum Branch - Curriculum Materials
Alberta Education Curriculum Materials
Saskatchewan Learning Curriculum Guides
Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth Curriculum
Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum
Quebec Curriculum Publications
New Brunswick Curriculum
Prince Edward Island Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Nunavut Department of Education
Government of Northwest Territories Education
Yukon Education Student Network