Hidden Curriculum for Understanding Unstated Rules
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By Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., Ronda Schelvan, M.S. and Melissa L. Trautman, Ms. Ed. ©2013.
In the revised and expanded edition of The Hidden Curriculum for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations for Adolescents and Young Adults, the authors narrow their target to issues common to adolescents and young adults. The hidden rules associated with navigating socially at home, in school, the workplace and in the community are explained.
The hidden curriculum impacts social interactions and includes understanding things like idioms, metaphors and slang, things that most people pick up or learn through observation and subtle cues like with body language. Techniques and strategies are included that provide guidelines to teach or interpret the hidden curriculum.
The authors refer to the unstated rules and customs of social situations as the "hidden curriculum," and in this book they discuss its impact on individuals with social-cognitive deficits. It is difficult to explain all of the rules, but if they are broken, it becomes painfully clear. Included are teaching strategies and techniques to help adolescents and young adults understand social cues and unstated expectations, and it also contains lists of numerous guidelines for what to do (or what not to do) in specific social situations.
Twenty seven hidden curriculum items are addressed; including, clothing, friendship, social interactions and networking, sporting events, texting/cell phones/email and many more. Each item lists the dos and don'ts of the hidden curriculum item.
Filled with hundreds of practical tips, this is an indispensable guidebook for parents, educators, and therapists
While many of the features of the original book have been maintained, information on evidence-based practice has been added. Further, a series of instructional strategies are provided that can be used to teach the hidden curriculum. Instructional aides include charts, forms, and templates designed to make the job of teaching and learning the hidden curriculum more effective. (Softcover; 103 pages)