Even What You Don't Say Counts

From: Volume V, Issue 2: Spring 1985 Pages 24-28

Abstract

When questioned, many Christian education workers could identify the intended outcomes of their explicit curriculum. Some workers may even be able to recognize the more subtle "hidden" elements of the implicit curriculum. However, that which is rarely perceived by educators is the null curriculum, or material which is neglected in classroom instruction. Educational philosophies of Elliot W. Eisner, John Dewey, and Larry Richards are herein considered as their thoughts interface with these three emphases. Contemporary examples as well as a relevant, biblical text are cited in order to illustrate the significance of these curricula forms in Christian education today.

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