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History in the Australian Curriculum F-10 : providing answers without asking questions

Henderson, Deborah J. (2011) History in the Australian Curriculum F-10 : providing answers without asking questions. Curriculum Perspectives, 31(3), pp. 57-63.

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This paper examines the most recent version of the Australian Curriculum: History F-10. It does so in two ways. First, it explores some of the strengths and weaknesses of this curriculum with reference to the decision to frame aspects of Australian history within the context of a world history approach. Whilst the positioning of Indigenous Histories is applauded, the curriculum’s lack of attention to the significance of the recent history of Australia’s Asian neighbours, and Australia’s relationship with them, is critiqued. This part of the paper also emphasises the need for comparative approaches and calls for greater emphasis on providing students with opportunities to critique and contest the construction of narratives about the past. Second, the paper introduces four invited articles that examine different aspects of the Australian Curriculum: History. Collectively these papers reiterate the significance of the richness of integrated and child-centred approaches and the importance of developing historical thinking, empathy and the historical imagination in the classroom.

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ID Code: 45491
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: The Australian Curriculum: History, Asia literacy, Indigenous Histories, historical thinking, contestability , comparative approaches, history curriculum
ISSN: 0159-7868
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)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History (210301)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Asian History (210302)
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 2011 The Australian Curriculum Studies Association (ACSA).
Copyright Statement: This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without premission from ACSA, Requests and inquiries concerning reproduction rights should be directed to the Executive Director, ACSA.
Deposited On: 18 Nov 2011 09:08
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2011 10:45

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