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 01:16
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2012 05:23

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