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What is education for? Situating history, cultural understandings and studies of society and environment against neo-conservative critiques of curriculum reform

Henderson, Deborah J. (2005) What is education for? Situating history, cultural understandings and studies of society and environment against neo-conservative critiques of curriculum reform. Australian Journal of Education, 49(3), pp. 306-319.

Abstract

This paper explores some of debates about the nature and purpose of education in the social sciences in the Australian curriculum. It examines recent attempts in studies of society and environment and history curriculum to prepare students for global citizenship and responds to neo-conservative critiques that our "politically correct" curricula does not impart the "truth" about our "European" heritage. This paper argues that while the neo-conservative discourse makes claim to traditional views of knowledge and rationality, its discursive field does not address the broader questions of what sort of education our students require for the twenty-first century.

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ID Code: 3223
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Social Sciences, History Teaching, Curriculum, Globalisation, Citizenship Education, Cross, cultural Studies, Neo, conservative critiques
ISSN: 0004-9441
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 ACER Press
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 25 Jan 2006
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:13

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