Global Curriculum Analysis

How do schools around the world organize core concepts in the curriculum related to human evolution, behavior, and sustainability?

Our interdisciplinary, open science, and long-form approach to this question provides school improvement and educational research groups with tools for rigorous and participatory methods for the cross-cultural comparative study of school curricula. 

Our analysis is focused on a growing but selective list of core concepts that span human evolutionary, behavioral, and sustainability sciences. 

Our current list of core concepts for curriculum analysis includes:

adaptation, agent, behavior, cognition, cooperation, culture, design, development, evolution, goal, information, intelligence, learning, system, sustainability,  and theory.

Our analysis is focused on a minimal set of key questions for the cross-cultural comparison of school curriculum documents. We welcome collaborators to join us in these broad questions, with many opportunities for regional or international extensions. 

  • Across which subject areas and age/grade levels are core concepts found?
  • How are core concepts contextualized across various instances in the curriculum?
  • Which core concepts co-occur, across which contexts?

We are working to support the leading edge of open science and community-based methods to maximize the rigor and public value of the research. 

  • MaxQDA Database of National, Regional (e.g. State), and Branded (e.g. IB or Montessori School) curriculum documents
  • Open methods for collaboration across educational research groups
  • Open-access project files on OSF
    (readable with free MaxQDA Reader)
  • Supports for early career researchers
  • Pathways for student and teacher collaborations through our Community Science Lab 

Our global database of school curricula is growing!