Collateral Curriculum and University Culture
Universities, having a significant place among other educational institutions, play an important role with their educational programs in educating individuals. However, their role in education is not limited with what their education programs offer. Culture that a higher education institution provides within its own boundaries, as it happens in all other institutions, has a reconstructive effect on educating the individuals. This study aims at providing a critical approach to the universities as one of the educational institutions with reference to 'collateral curriculum' concerning the assertion that each and every kind of activity and interaction whether being provided and/or experienced within the living space of an educational organization should be regarded as a part of education. In this study, first, having classified the curriculum types and identifying the place and the interrelation of collateral curriculum among the other curricula, and comparing it with the concept of 'hidden curriculum', the focus will be upon the interrelation between collateral curriculum and perception of university. Taking university as a mirror in which the ideas of a person about 'perception of university' actually reflects that person's self-perception and peculiar characteristics, universities are categorized under three groups basing upon the approach of Takala's and the colleagues'. The study is finalised by the discussion over the common features of each sub-titled university types and examine the university culture via collateral curriculum in that how these characteristics form or transform the individuals.
Sakarya University Journal of Education | 2011 ISSN: 2146-7455