curriculum, hidden

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Learners may, in the course of their exposure to the formal curriculum, also learn or acquire knowledge, skills, or attitudes which were not part of the formal intended learning outcomes. This incidental or accidental learning is referred to as the hidden curriculum, since its processes are not apparent and its outcomes are unplanned. It may be positive, as in the case of pupils acquiring the social skills modelled by their teacher; or it may be negative, as when they ‘learn’ that arriving late can effectively delay the start of the lesson. The term is also used by some to describe the extracurricular activities provided by the school.

Subjects: Sociology — Education.

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