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A new civics curriculum for Australian schools : is it national education?

By Libby Tudball and Deborah Henderson

Abstract

In nation states and regions including Australia, Hong Kong, other countries of Asia, the European Economic Community and elsewhere, Civics and Citizenship education (CCE) is a contested concept. The development of The Australian Curriculum is providing a national opportunity for educators to rethink curriculum priorities and to decide on new emphases for learning in Australian schools, but policy documents have emphasized the importance of CCE for all young Australians. \ud \ud In this paper we discuss the notion of citizenship education as ‘national education’ in Australia. We suggest that while the development of CCE in Australia does include elements of ‘national education’, the new curriculum provides an opportunity to frame the civil, political and social components of CC for young Australians in ways that include local, national and global understandings. We argue that CCE should broaden young peoples’ world views and their passion and capacity to express their own identity, so they can be active and engaged citizens in diverse communities that include their own communities, the nation and beyond

Topics: 130000 EDUCATION, 130200 CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY, 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics Business and Management), 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators, Civics and Citizenship Education, national education, national curriculum, Australian Curriculum, Cross Curriculum Priorities, active and engaged citizenship, multidimensional citizenship
Publisher: The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Year: 2013
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:58157
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