Ottewill, Roger, Mackenzie, George and Leah, Jean
Integration and the hidden curriculum in management education
Education and Training, 47, (2), . (doi:10.1108/00400910510586515).
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The principal aim of this paper is to present the case for greater integration in management education by ensuring compatibility between the formal or taught curriculum and the hidden curriculum of intentional practices.
Consideration is given to the compartmentalised nature of higher education and the pressure for this to be offset by management educators. A number of principles for configuring the hidden curriculum in such a way that it reinforces integration in the formal curriculum are suggested.
The literature on the hidden curriculum emphasises the need for consistency in the learning culture so that students’ understanding of what their programme is seeking to achieve is underpinned by the organisational structures and processes that shape their learning experience.
If integration is the goal of management education then attention should be given to creating a learning environment in which its virtues are clearly demonstrated and the vices of compartmentalisation are eschewed.
The paper complements the very limited literature on the hidden curriculum in management education, in general, and integration, in particular.
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