National curriculum reform and equipping pre-service teachers to teach about Australia in the Asian Century
Henderson, Deborah J. (2013) National curriculum reform and equipping pre-service teachers to teach about Australia in the Asian Century. In Chua, Ping Yong (Ed.) TARC International Conference 2013 Proceedings, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, pp. 142-149.
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Currently a range of national policy settings are reshaping schooling and teacher education in Australia. This paper presents some of the findings from a small qualitative pilot study conducted with a group of final year pre-service teachers studying a secondary social science curriculum method unit in an Australian university. One of the study’s research objectives aimed at identifying how students reflected on their capacity to navigate curriculum change and, more specifically, on teaching about Australia and Asia in the forthcoming implementation of the first national history curriculum. The unit was designed and taught by the researcher on the assumption that beginning social science teachers need to be empowered to deal with the curriculum change they’ll encounter throughout their careers. The pilot study’s methodology was informed by a constructivist approach to grounded theory and its scope was limited to one semester with volunteer students. Of the pre-service teacher reflections on their preparedness to teach, this paper reports on the content, pedagogy and learning they experienced in one segment of the unit with specific reference to the new history curriculum’s ‘Australia in a world history’ approach and the development of Asia literacy. The findings indicate that whilst pre-service teachers valued the opportunity to engage with learning experiences which enhanced their intercultural understanding and extended their pedagogical and content knowledge on campus, the nature of the final practicum in schools was also influential in shaping their preparedness to enter the profession.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||intercultural understanding, Asia literacy, national history curriculum, pre-service teachers|
|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 > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
|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 Tunku Abdul Rahman University College|
|Copyright Statement:||No part of this proceedings shall be reproduced by any means without prior written permission of Tunku Abdul Rahman University College. The responsibility for information, opinions and fact reported in these papers rest exclusively with the authors.|
|Deposited On:||20 Mar 2014 02:57|
|Last Modified:||10 Jun 2014 12:48|
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