Reaction to point and counterpoint : bold adventure or missed opportunity

Fensham, Peter J. (2011) Reaction to point and counterpoint : bold adventure or missed opportunity. Curriculum Perspectives, 31(1).

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The draft of the first stage of the national curriculum has now been published. Its final form to be presented in December 2010 should be the centrepiece of Labor’s Educational Revolution. All the other aspects – personal computers, new school buildings, rebates for uniforms and even the MySchool report card – are marginal to the prescription of what is to be taught and learnt in schools.

The seven authors in this journal’s Point and Counterpoint (Curriculum Perspectives, 30(1) 2010, pp.53-74) raise a number of both large and small issues in education as a whole, and in science education more particularly. Two of them (Groves and McGarry) make brief reference to earlier attempts to achieve national curriculum in Australia. Those writing from New Zealand and USA will be unaware of just how ambitious this project is for Australia - a bold and overdue educational adventure or a foolish political decision destined to failure, as happened in the later 1970s and the 1990s.

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ID Code: 50869
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Keywords: Curriculum
ISSN: 0159-7868
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Peter Fensham
Deposited On: 13 Jun 2012 22:20
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2013 05:54

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