The Hidden Curriculum


Acknowledgment of Country
Map of Indigenous Australia (or see here. See also Australian map of states & territories)

Growing Up in Transit: The Politics of Belonging at an International School by Danau Tanu (2018 & 2020)

Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds (3rd Edition) by David Pollock, Ruth Van Reken & Michael Pollock (2019)

The Hidden Curriculum

The Hidden Curriculum

Osmosis: When children internalize racism through school

Breakout 1: Self-Reflexivity

1. Person A: Describe one area where you lack privilege. How has this affected you? How has it affected the way you teach?    (2.5 min)

2. Person B: Reflect back to them what they said (1 min)

3. Swap roles & repeat steps 2 & 3

active listening

Neutral, no judgment
Be attentive (nod, etc), patient (don’t fill silences)

Reflect back what they said. Use their words as much as possible. Do not interpret. Do not add your opinion. 

I was inspired to use ‘active listening’ by:
+ Isabelle Min, former television broadcaster and radio host for KBS and founder of Transition Catalyst Korea (TCK) Institute.
+ Jessica Wei Huang, International Educator, Leader, & Coach, currently Vice Principal at UWCSEA.

Language Learning & Translanguaging

Language, Family & Power

Parenting Malaysian Students at an International School – Dalat International School requires parents to watch videos about the impact of international schooling on student identity and culture before they apply to enrol. See more videos in the right hand column under ‘School Culture Videos

Third Culture Stories – a podcast by TCKs of Asia. Three of the episodes discusses the impact of structural racism on language and identity.
  • Season 1, Episode 3: Language & Power is an interview with an adult Korean child of a diplomat and her experience of internalized racism as a result of international schooling.
  • Season 2, Episode 1: A Foreigner in My Own Family: The Hidden Loss of Language & Intimacy focuses on the stories of three adult ‘Third Culture Kids’ and their experiences of losing their parents language and/or efforts to maintain it, as well as the deep impact it has had on their sense of identity and relationship with their family.
  • Season 3, Episode 3: Mixed Loyalties focuses on the deeper impact that structural racism and language has on identity.

Other resources

mobility & third culture kids
For well being: Investing a little time to develop weak ties with students may help them feel more ‘seen’ and help the campus feel more inclusive
For recruitment: The concept of weak ties has been widely applied to diversifying job recruitment pools.
Original study: The concept of weak ties was originally developed to study what type of networking is useful for job search.