Thinking about Australia and its location in the modern world in the Australian Curriculum : history

Henderson, Deborah J. (2012) Thinking about Australia and its location in the modern world in the Australian Curriculum : history. QHistory, Annual Ed, pp. 24-33.

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Abstract

The first national history curriculum is being implemented in Australia from 2013. As with the curriculums of other nations, this curriculum has evolved in response to a range of factors and its merits continue to be debated. In critiquing the sort of history education approach encapsulated in the new curriculum, I discuss some of the contextual factors and debates that have shaped the Australian Curriculum: History v0.3 (ACARA, 2012). In doing so, I also explore some of the recent international literature on how students think and learn about history in the classroom. In the third and final part of the paper, I raise some logistical issues and also question how students might engage with the notion of Australia as a nation in the modern world rapidly reshaped by the transformations occurring in Asia and share some concerns about the curriculum’s ‘world history approach’ for Year 10.

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ID Code: 56851
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Annual Journal of the Queensland History teachers' Association - 50th Anniversary Edition
Keywords: Australian Curriculum, history, historical thinking, historical understanding, Asia literacy
ISSN: 1834-5131
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) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics Business and Management) (130205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
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 The Queensland History teachers' Association of Queensland (QHTA) Inc.
Copyright Statement: This publication is copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study, criticism or review, no part may be reproduced by any process without permission of the publishers, except under the following circumstances.
Permission is granted to an individual teacehr or groups of teachers within a schoool to reproduce extracts provided that such materials are not for resale or for any form of comercial gain.
Deposited On: 17 Mar 2013 22:18
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2013 08:06

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