The informal curriculum

Mary McCaslin, Thomas L. Good

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In this chapter we discuss what we tenn the iriformal curriculum, that course of study which, although not deliberately offered in U, S, schools, nonetheless penneates the school context and is learned in some fashion by most students. The informal curriculum is not official; it is not prescribed, orchestrated, or monitored. Yet, we argue, it is the stuff of schooling-the continuous, albeit uncoordinated, stream of momentary experiences that students aggregate and internalize with varying degrees of awareness, protest, and satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Educational Psychology
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages49
ISBN (Electronic)9781136500244
ISBN (Print)0805850805
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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