Saturday, March 2, 2013

Ghost curriculum

Ghost curriculum refers to off the radar, underground, seemingly informal, or unofficial systems of knowledge that people possess and discourse communities that they belong to, but which may not typically get formal recognition in educational settings.

The processes of reading, learning, sharing, and studying that someone must do to know who the leading scorer in the NBA is, who won the slam dunk contest in 2008, what a triple double is, who might get traded from what to team to what team, who popularized the Triangle offense, and more suggest that NBA knowledge constitutes a kind of ghost curriculum. I coined the phrase to describe the knowledge about basketball, rap music, haircare, and popular culture that I witnessed among my students at SIUE.

Future Histories of Ghost Curriculum

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