The Curricula Workstation is a curricula information system provided by the Leibniz Institute for Educational Media | Georg Eckert Institute (GEI). The aim of the project is to ensure accurate academic collection and cataloguing of curricula; to secure their long-term availability and to offer a user-friendly search tool. The Curricula Workstation has been developed and implemented within the framework of the DFG funding project “Promotion of outstanding research libraries”. The system is based on the comprehensive and continuously expanding collection held by the GEI’s research library. It contains current and historic curricula from around the world.
The Curricula Workstation provides central, open and permanent access for the first time to more than 7,000 German and international curricula for humanities subjects. A significant number of the documents are available for full-text searches. The depth and geographical scope of available texts is constantly being expanded and digital versions of older and historical curricula are continuously added. The Curricula Workstation is designed for all those engaged in educational research, specialist didactics and education policy. The database provides a structured search function for curricula as well as full-text searches of the digitised curricula.
Curricula and curricular requirements
- current and historic
- print and digital
Level of Education
Primary to upper secondary (general education schools, vocational schools, special needs schools).
- geography (including economic geography, local history and geography, regional studies
- religious education
- primary science/world around us (topic-based science and humanities teaching at primary level and to secondary level in some special needs schools
- social studies/politics (including political, social and health education, civics, citizenship, welfare studies, social science, current affairs, political science, politics and economics)
- German (only in German-speaking countries, not as a foreign language).
In addition to curricula the following are also included:
- rulings and directives passed by the responsible education bodies in the respective countries, but limited to:
- education standards
- examination requirements
- rulings and recommendations by The Standing conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the countries in the Federal Republic of Germany
- education standards issued by societies/associations/organisations
- index of curricula
Curricula that are binding for education take priority in the collection over working versions and drafts.
Whilst we take all possible care to ensure the data available in the Curricula Workstation is of the highest quality, we cannot guarantee that the data as a whole or individual pieces of information within the datasets are complete, accurate or up to date. This applies particularly to information regarding the period for which individual curricula are in force.
The curricula collection is continuously growing. Older and historic printed curricula are being systematically digitised and integrated into the Curricula Workstation as fully searchable texts.
The Curricula Workstation provides a structured search tool which enables searches according to country, subject, education level, year of publication and document format. Free searches in the metadata of the digital curricula are also possible as are full-text searches.
Curricula are considered official works and as such are not subject to copyright considerations. They are offered as works in the public domain. The metadata is available according to the terms of CC0 licence.
Please include the complete source reference (see below) when using curricula. When including curricula on websites please inform us by e-mail, sending the appropriate link. We would appreciate a specimen copy of any publications resulting from academic work conducted with the help of the Curricula Workstation.
Source reference: Curricula Workstation + handle/permanent link
The development of the Curricula Workstation has been made possible by the support of the following organisations:
- International Research Association for History and Social Sciences Education (IRAHSSE)
- The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany
- UNESCO International Bureau of Education
- Research Library for the History of Education (BBF)
Further curricula collections
We can recommend the following databases for searches related to subjects not covered by the Curricula Workstation:
- Comenius Project
- Sources: nineteenth and twentieth century Bavarian curricula focussing mainly on history and social studies subjects, but also including local history, geography, and “the world around us”(Sachkunde).
- Academic project lead: Prof Hans-Michael Körner, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.
- Electronic Catalogue IBEDOCS - Curricular resources
- Produced by: UNESCO - International Bureau of Education (IBE)
Sources on curricula research
- lehrplanforschung.ch (Curricula Research)
- This website, created by Rudolf Künzli, Moritz Rosenmund and Anna-Verena Fries, provides a platform for curricula research. This project continues the team’s long-standing collaboration which began with the project ‘Von der Lehrplanung zur Lernorganisation’ (NFP 33)
- Literature on curricula research and development at the GEI library catalogue
- OPAC of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Media
If you have questions, comments or suggestions, we would love to hear from you at curricula-workstation [at] leibniz-gei.de.