APA/AAPT Teaching Hub - The Hidden Curriculum

January 5, 2022 - January 8, 2022
APA Eastern Division

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
United States

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The APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy (CTP) and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) seek presenters for a session of the AAPT-APA Teaching Hub on The Hidden Curriculum at the 2022 Eastern Division meeting. 

The “hidden curriculum” is the set of rules for an institution or social group that no one ever tells you about—the rules and expectations that are taken for granted, but no one ever explains. As Anthony Abraham Jack (in his book The Privileged Poor) and other sociologists and educational scholars have noted, the hidden curriculum is part of the set of barriers of systemic and structural inequalities in education. For example, when professors talk about “office hours,” they might tell students when they are, but they might not explain what they are—or how they could be helpful for students. As Jack points out, “office hours” are a term that may be unknown to students (for example, those who are first-generation college students), or students may not realize that office hours are an important tool for success in a course. Inclusion requires thinking about which rules and expectations we have, whether those rules and expectations are equitable for our students, and how to ensure students are not disadvantaged by our hidden curriculum. 

Presentations might consider the following:

  • What kinds of assumptions do we make about what students know or know how to do, which might impact how accessible the classroom is for students from non-privileged backgrounds? 
  • How do we, or how can we, make philosophy’s hidden curriculum explicit—and therefore, more accessible—for students? 
  • How might this work be done at different educational levels (high school, undergraduate, graduate)?

Format: Teaching Hub sessions are expected to be highly interactive. Proposals should indicate how audience members will participate in the session. Proposals that include learning or reflection activities for participants are highly encouraged. 

Submissions: To submit a proposal for consideration, please email a proposal of no more than 500 words, prepared for anonymous review, to Kiran Bhardwaj ([email protected]) by Sunday July 31, with the subject line “TH Hidden Curriculum.” Please include a brief explanation of your approach, as well as any relevant experiences leading to your approach, and your plan for the presentation. Supporting material such as syllabi, assignments, or handouts may also be included.

In the body of the email, please include your name, institutional affiliation (if any), position (if any), and contact information. The organizing committee will select participants for the session in early August.

For any questions about the Eastern APA Teaching Hub more generally, contact the 2022 Eastern Division Teaching Hub Co-Chairs, Rebecca Millsop ([email protected]) and Jerry Green ([email protected]).

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