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Teachers’ conceptions of essential knowledge for integrated social education : a middle years of schooling perspective from Australia

Tambyah, Mallihai Mary (2010) Teachers’ conceptions of essential knowledge for integrated social education : a middle years of schooling perspective from Australia. In British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, 1-4 September 2010, University of Warwick, Warwick.

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    Integrated social education in Australia is a divisive educational issue. The last decade has been marked by a controversial integrated social studies curriculum called Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE) where history, geography and environmental studies were integrated with civics and citizenship. The introduction of a compulsory K-10 Australian Curriculum from 2011, however, marks the return to history and geography and the abandonment of SOSE. Curriculum reform aside, what do teachers think is essential knowledge for middle years social education? The paper reports on a phenomenographical exploration of thirty-one middle school teachers’ conceptions of essential knowledge for SOSE. Framed by Shulman’s (1986, 1987) theoretical framework of the knowledge base for teaching, the research identified seven qualitatively different ways of understanding essential knowledge for integrated social education. The study indicates a practice-based theorization of integrated social education that justifies attention to disciplinary process and teacher identity in middle school social education.

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    ID Code: 34430
    Item Type: Conference Paper
    Keywords: Teacher Knowledge, Social Studies, Middle school curriculum, Teacher Attitudes, Middle school teachers, Secondary education, Australia
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics Business and Management) (130205)
    Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
    Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Education-line
    Deposited On: 13 Sep 2010 11:58
    Last Modified: 13 Sep 2010 12:00

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