The informal curriculum: a case study on tutor reflexivity, corporate agency and medical professionalism

Kahn, Peter ORCID: 0000-0003-1609-7540
(2013) The informal curriculum: a case study on tutor reflexivity, corporate agency and medical professionalism. TEACHING IN HIGHER EDUCATION, 18 (6). pp. 631-642.

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Professionalism is a focus for student learning in many disciplines. It is known, furthermore, that interpersonal interactions between staff and students constitute an informal curriculum that has a significant influence on students. But the origins of this informal curriculum are not fully apparent. This article offers a multiple case study that explores the genesis of tutors' facilitation practices in small group medical teaching. Facilitation practices were seen to develop in response to a wide-ranging set of social, professional and critical concerns, affecting notions of professionalism promoted to students. Most tutors exhibited a mode of reflexivity that was extended in time and reach, with tutors also progressing mutual actions through communal deliberation. We thus identify ways in which the informal curriculum is grounded in both the primary agency and the corporate agency of tutors. In looking to promote professionalism, it is essential that curricula are staff- as well as student-centred. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ## TULIP Type: Articles/Papers (Journal) ##
Uncontrolled Keywords: informal curriculum, small group teaching, professional education, reflexivity, medical professionalism
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Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Tech, Infrastructure and Environmental Directorate
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2013 14:51
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2022 17:15
DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2013.774356
Publisher's Statement : The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Teaching in Higher Education 2013 .
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