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

Wall, T., Blasco, M., Nkomo, S. M. , Racz, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-3540-7957 & Mandiola, M. (2023). In Praise of Shadows: Exploring the hidden (responsibility) curriculum. Management Learning, 54(3), pp. 291-304. doi: 10.1177/13505076231171371


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 articles in this special issue. The articles 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.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: associative learning, mediated learning, latent inhibition, computational modeling, associative memories
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: Bayes Business School
Bayes Business School > Management
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