Call for proposals: The Hidden Curricula of Higher Education (Advance HE)

AdvanceHE have a call for papers out for our publication “The Hidden Curricula of Higher Education”; a topic that Learning Developers could contribute much understanding to.

Proposal length: max 500 words

Submission deadline: Tuesday 29 October 2019, 5pm UK time

Key contact (editor):

Further details:

The Hidden Curriculum is a well-recognised phenomenon in compulsory education, acting as a “covert pattern of socialization” (Giroux and Penna, 2012). It concerns the knowledge, norms, values and attitudes that underpin the educational system and is conceptually used to explore the unstated rules of education, with notable enquiry from a number of perspectives such as functionalism, post-modernism and liberalism (Skelton, 1997).


Our aim with this publication is two-fold. The first is to reconcile where possible, existing knowledge and understanding of the hidden curriculum in compulsory education and transpose it to Higher Education (HE), whilst mitigating for and identifying HE’s own norms, values and beliefs. The second is to broaden the scope of enquiry to be inclusive of a wide range of students for whom unstated rules can significantly shape how they experience Higher Education.

Your proposal might focus on a particular group or groups of students, for example BAME, working class, autistic, care leavers, gender, mature and so on. Alternatively it might focus on more thematic or broader issues such as curriculum design, assessment, transitions, strategic planning, national policy, or lexicon. It could blend these or take an entirely different approach. All proposals must focus directly on the issues of learning and teaching.

We are seeking proposals for either evidence-based case studies of good practice, or thought leadership pieces on what the sector can do assist these student groups and/or tackle these issues of hidden curricula.

To be considered submissions should be no more than 500 words in length, fully referenced, and engage with the following three questions:

  1. Which group(s) of students and/or thematic issue(s) do you propose to focus on?
  2. Will you write an evidence-based case study, a thought leadership piece, or something else?
  3. Outline your main findings and conclusions (for case studies), or line of argument and position (for thought leadership). Highlight why this is of particular interest and how it contributes to the sector’s understanding of the issue(s) raised.

Important dates to note:


Deadline Activity
29 October 2019 Deadline for receipt of 500 word proposal, including title and abstract
8 November 2019 Invitations for full articles to be communicated
13 May 2020 Full articles due
May-June 2020 Review process
July 2020 Publication

The closing date for submissions is 5pm (UK time) on Tuesday 29 October 2019. Submissions and queries can be sent to the editor clearly titled “Hidden Curricula in Higher Education”.

Further details can be found at

Please share widely with networks / individuals who you think might be interested.

Kind regards,



Tim Hinchcliffe
Senior Adviser

Knowledge, Innovation and Delivery

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