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hidden curriculum

Refers to the unintended and often unacknowledged learning that occurs during a programme of study.

This includes the absorption of attitudes values and perspectives that are experienced during the daily routine and the interplay of social relationships in the learning environment. The hidden curriculum usually reinforces social norms for example the very structure of higher education providers transmits messages about the value of respect for authority punctuality and personal presentation.


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