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In Praise of Shadows: exploring the hidden (responsibility) curriculum

Wall, T, Blasco, M, Nkomo, S, Racz, M and Mandiola, M (2023) In Praise of Shadows: exploring the hidden (responsibility) curriculum. Management Learning. ISSN 1350-5076

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We frame this special issue on the hidden responsibility curriculum through the lens of Jun'ichirō Tanizaki’s 1933 essay, In Praise of Shadows, which recognises the subtlety, modesty and dignity of shadows that are highly prized in Japanese culture. We do this to embody the themes both present and absent from the seven papers in this special issue. The papers share flecks and flickers, suggesting that (1) salient things happen in the shadows when it comes to responsibility learning - for better or worse, (2) students can play a role in illuminating and challenging the shadow sides of learning environments, and (3) discernible symbols provide navigational possibilities in the shadows. Our tribute to Tanizaki reflects both the involuntary absence, in our Special Issue, of contributions beyond dominant White, Northern European perspectives, and the lack of methodological apparatus that can effectively capture the implicit, shadow side of educational life - and life beyond - that evades conventional academic approaches. We also share reflections from the shadows of our own curation of this special issue, as an invite to shine a light on how curational ecosystems might be reimagined.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy; 1503 Business and Management; Business & Management
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Business & Management (from Sep 19)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2023 11:00
Last Modified: 23 May 2023 09:45
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/13505076231171371
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/19230
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