School Culture and the Hidden Aggressive Curriculum: Hidden Aggressive Curriculum

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There exists within our schools a Hidden Aggressive Curriculum that is a driving force manifesting itself in the form of school violence. No school is exempt from it clutches; no faculty immune to its poison; no community insulated from its paralyzing impact. As a nation we have seen the transformation of school violence to a point it now seems to have a life of its own. School violence was once measured by the number of pencils stolen, or the number of fights that occured during a school year. Today, however, the term has a mortal meaning. This presentation will focus on the lessons learned from violent incidents and the role school culture is playing in creating an atmosphere of violence. Selected school shootings will be examined with suggested strategies for K-12 and university pre-service educators.


Keywords: School Culture, Hidden Aggressive Curriculum, School Violence
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
Paper: School Culture and the Hidden Aggressive Curriculum,


Dr. David Daves

Interim Chair, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, The University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS, USA

I have enjoyed a rich career in the field of education where I have been a classroom teacher, a high school principal, an Assistant Superintendent, and now a college professor. I taught as an adjunct professor at The University of Southern Mississippi for seven years prior to becoming a full-time tenured-track professor in 2005. My research interest include school violence, school culture, No Child Left Behind (Assessment component, and on-line learning.

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