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Social studies disciplinary knowledge: Tensions between state curriculum and national assessment requirements

Exley, Beryl & Singh, Parlo (2011) Social studies disciplinary knowledge: Tensions between state curriculum and national assessment requirements. In Christie, Francis & Maton, Karl (Eds.) Disciplinarity: Functional Linguistic and Sociological Perspectives. Continuum, London.

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    Abstract

    In this chapter, we are particularly concerned with making visible the general principles underlying the transmission of Social Studies curriculum knowledge, and considering it in light of a high-stakes mandated national assessment task. Specifically, we draw on Bernstein’s theoretical concept of pedagogic models as a tool for analysing orientations to teaching and learning. We introduce a case in point from the Australian context: one state Social Studies curriculum vis-a-vis one part of the Year Three national assessment measure for reading. We use our findings to consider the implications for the disciplinary knowledge of Social Studies in the communities in which we are undertaking our respective Australian Research Council Linkage project work (Glasswell et al.; Woods et al.). We propose that Social Studies disciplinary knowledge is being constituted, in part, through power struggles between different agencies responsible for the production and relay of official forms of state curriculum and national literacy assessment. This is particularly the case when assessment instruments are used to compare and contrast school results in highly visible web based league tables (see, for example, http://myschoolaustralia.ning.com/).

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    ID Code: 34457
    Item Type: Book Chapter
    Keywords: disciplinary knowledge, national assessment, primary school social studies
    ISBN: 9781441131805
    Subjects: 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 > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
    Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
    Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Please consult the authors
    Deposited On: 13 Sep 2010 11:16
    Last Modified: 22 Mar 2012 15:23

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