Desperately seeking Asia through China: Reading ‘China’ in the Australian Curriculum: History through children’s literature

Henderson, Deborah J., Mallan, Kerry M., & Allan, Cherie (2013) Desperately seeking Asia through China: Reading ‘China’ in the Australian Curriculum: History through children’s literature. Curriculum and Teaching, 28(1), pp. 7-27.

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Abstract

This paper considers how Asia can be meaningfully studied and understood in the first national history curriculum to be implemented in Australia. Its focus is on how empathy might be conceptualised as part of the process of becoming ‘Asia literate’ and the ways in which an empathetic understanding can be developed in the Australian Curriculum: History by engaging students with children’s literature. We argue that stories about Chinese experiences in Australia from particular episodes in the nation’s past can be utilised for their potential to prompt historical inquiry and empathetic engagement in the classroom.

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ID Code: 59460
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: 2012 White Paper, Asia literacy, Australian history curriculum, children’s literature, national curriculum, historical understanding, empathy
DOI: 10.7459/ct/28.1.02
ISSN: 0726-416X
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) > Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500) > Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) (200502)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Please consult the authors
Deposited On: 30 Aug 2013 00:39
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2014 22:08

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