The Hidden Curriculum, Structural Disconnects, and the Socialization of New Professionals

  • Frederic W. Hafferty
  • Janet P. Hafler
Part of the Innovation and Change in Professional Education book series (ICPE, volume 6)


Over the past 30 years, educators have come to understand the importance of differentiating between the formal and alternative forms of learning such as the hidden curriculum. We now recognize how necessary it is to account for the unstated, but never the less vital, curriculum that is operational in schools and in workplaces. The hidden curriculum refers to cultural mores that are transmitted, but not openly acknowledged, through formal and informal educational practices (Hafferty & Franks, 1994; Hafferty & Levinson, 2008; Hafferty, 1998; Sullivan, 2005; Sullivan, Colby, Wegner, Bond, & Schulman, 2007).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mayo Medical SchoolRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Yale School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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