Social Justice as the Hidden Curriculum: Making “Small” Pedagogical Changes to Promote Equity

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Keywords:

hidden curriculum, social justice, language variation

Abstract

This article proposes a method for integrating social justice themes—specifically, linguistic (in)equality—within the content of existing courses by harnessing the power of the hidden curriculum. By making “small” changes to their courses and by committing to the study of the effectiveness of such changes, instructors can promote tacit yet impactful messages about the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion that students are likely to carry with them into the future.

Author Biography

Sarah E. Hercula, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Dr. Sarah E. Hercula is Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of English and Technical Communication at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO, USA. Her research interests include English language variation, language ideologies, linguistics pedagogy, and second language writing, among others. She is the author of Fostering Linguistic Equality: The SISE Approach to the Introductory Linguistics Course (2020).

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Published

2021-04-28

How to Cite

Hercula, S. (2021). Social Justice as the Hidden Curriculum: Making “Small” Pedagogical Changes to Promote Equity. Babylonia Journal of Language Education, 1, 18–23. Retrieved from https://babylonia.online/index.php/babylonia/article/view/60