Guest Post: Uncovering the Hidden Curriculum? Embedding academic literacies in an undergraduate social sciences degree

Today’s guest post is by Dr Jenny Morrison from University of Glasgow

Academics increasingly recognise that we need to teach students the academic literacies we want them to have. While traditionally courses have focused on disciplinary content, students have often been left to work out how to research ideas, become discerners of information or write essays and other assignments by themselves. Such implicit expectations form the ‘hidden curriculum’ which particularly disadvantages students from ‘non-traditional’ backgrounds who often have had fewer opportunities and support to learn the norms and practices of academic writing. Nonetheless, despite increasing discussion of teaching academic literacies, the practicalities of embedding these in a context of massified higher education remains underexplored.

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