The ‘Indigenous Australian’ theme in the Australian Curriculum English : necessary or not?

Exley, Beryl & Kervin, Lisa (2014) The ‘Indigenous Australian’ theme in the Australian Curriculum English : necessary or not? ALEA Hot Topic, March.

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On Friday 10 January 2014 Education Minister Christopher Pyne formally announced a review of the inaugural Australian curriculum. In his three and half minute televised justification, Pyne (2014) identified a number of criticisms of the national curriculum document, including the ‘necessity to have themes’ of ‘Australia’s place in Asia, Indigenous Australia and sustainability’. It is the second of these themes that we consider as ALEA’s Hot Topic for March 2014. We respond to Pyne’s momentary musing of the necessity of the ‘Indigenous Australian’ theme in the Australian Curriculum with a particular focus on the discipline of English. In the nomenclature of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority’s Australian Curriculum (ACARA, 2013), we are of course referring to the ‘cross curriculum priority’ of ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures’.

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ID Code: 69909
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, Reconciliation Agenda, Cross Curriculum Priorities, Curriculum Review, Australian Curriculum English
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE ESL and TESOL) (130204)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (130301)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Please consult the authors
Deposited On: 07 Apr 2014 00:58
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2014 13:21

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