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

Henderson, Deborah J. (2012) History in the Australian Curriculum F-10: Providing answers without asking questions. In Marsh, Colin J. (Ed.) The Australian Curriculum: Observations of a Journey. A Critique of Phase 1 Learning Areas and General Capabilities. Australian Curriculum Studies Association Inc., Canberra, Australia, pp. 69-75.

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Abstract

Thi paper writer 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: 54219
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: The Australian Curriculum: History, , history curriculum, comparative approaches , Indigenous Histories in the curriculum, historical thinking and contestability , Asia literacy in the curriculum , world history approach
ISBN: 0159-7868
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Australian Curriculum Studies Association Inc.
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 written permission from ACSA. Requests and inquiries concerning reproduciotn rights should be directed to the Executive Director, ACSA.
Deposited On: 05 Nov 2012 23:56
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2013 23:10

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