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the australian curriculum history

The Australian Curriculum & History

AIS LIBRARIAN’S CONFERENCE

Friday, 15th October, 2010

strengths
Strengths
  • A real strength of the Australian Curriculum in History is the explicit attempt to make clear the geopolitical, cultural and economic reality of Asia and the Pacific in the development of Australia as a nation.
  • Strong emphasis on Chronology
  • Contemporary – recent history
  • 19th Century Australia is back.
history courses
History Courses
  • Implementation will be gradual – from c. 2011? - by 2015 BOS has still to decide on timeframe
  • History as a distinctive subject from K – 6 – (TIME?)
  • 7 – 10 History (consistent across the country) + (TIME?) – NSW
  • Implications for SC Test
  • Senior Ancient History – (Archaeology)
  • Senior Modern History – WWI??
  • NSW BOS will recommend a Core topic.
  • AH will remain Pompeii & Herculaneum
  • MH – WWI will be replaced with another option possibly Topic 4 ??
  • Extension History will remain as part of the NSW BOS subjects
  • Implications for the status of Elective History in Tears 9 – 10.
cross curriculum priorities
Cross curriculum priorities
  • Sustainability
  • Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait histories and cultures
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • ICT
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Ethical behaviour
  • Intercultural understanding
general capabilities
General Capabilities
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • ICT
  • Thinking Skills
  • Creativity
  • Ethical Behaviour ??????
world history framework in k 10
World History Framework in K - 10

Focusing on Historical Skills

  • Chronology and Historical language
  • Historical questions and research
  • Analysis and use of sources
  • Perspectives and interpretations
  • Explanation nd communication
world history framework in k 101
World History Framework in K - 10

Historical Understanding

  • Evidence
  • Continuity and change
  • Cause and effect
  • Perspectives
  • Empathy
  • Significance
  • Contestability
k 10 history continuum
K – 10 History Continuum

Kindergarten – Stories

  • What is my story/history?
  • What stories do other people tell about the past?
  • How are stories of the past told?
year 1 present and past
Year 1 – Present and Past
  • How has family life changed or remained the same over time?
  • How can we show that the present is different from or similar to the past?
  • How do we measure and describe time?
year 2 past in the present
Year 2 – Past in the Present
  • What aspects of the past can you see today?
  • Why have some remains of the past been retained as part of the local community?
  • How have changes in technology shaped our daily life?
year 3 community remembrance
Year 3 – Community & Remembrance
  • Who lived here first?
  • How has our community changed?
  • What is the nature of the contribution made by diverse groups and individuals in the community?
  • How and why do people choose to remember events of the past?
year 4 first contacts
Year 4 – First Contacts
  • What was life like for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people before the arrival of the Europeans?
  • Why did people (Europeans and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander) explore? Where did they go?
  • Why id they decide to settle there?
  • What was the nature of the contact between Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people and early explorers and settlers.
year 5 colonial australia
Year 5 – Colonial Australia
  • What do we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past?
  • How and why did Australia’s colonies develop?
  • What were the significant events and who were the significant people that shaped Australia’s colonies?
year 6 modern australia
Year 6 – Modern Australia
  • Why and how did Australia become a nation?
  • How did Australian society change from colonial times to the 20th Century?
  • Who were the people who came to Australia and what contribution did they make?
  • What significant world events contributed to Australia’s migration patterns and cultural diversity.
year 7 prehistoric to ancient history
Year 7 Prehistoric to Ancient History

60 000 – c. 600 CE

  • Organised into THREE distinct areas.
  • Topic 1 – How we know about the past with special emphasis on the Archaeology of Ancient Australia.
  • Topic 2 – The Mediterranean World with a Depth Study on either Egypt, Greece or Rome.
  • Topic 3 – The Asian World with a depth study on China or India.
year 8 the modern world
Year 8 The Modern World

C 600 CE – 1750 CE

  • Organised into THREE distinct areas.
  • Topic 1 – The Islamic and Western World
  • One Depth Study to be studied from either the Vikings, Medieval Christendom, The Ottoman Empire or Renaissance Italy.
  • Topic 2 – The Asia-Pacific World
  • One Depth Study from either Angkor/Khmer Empire, Shogunate Japan, the Polynesian expansion across the Pacific.
year 9 the making of the modern world
Year 9 The Making of the Modern World

1750 – to 1918

  • Return of the 18th & 19th Centuries
  • Organised into THREE distinct areas.
  • Topic 1 – Making a Better World???
  • One Depth Study to be studied from either the Industrial Revolution, Movement of Peoples, Progressive Ideas and Movements
industrial revolution
Industrial Revolution
  • Impact of industrialisation on Australia and the world
  • Progress and modernity
movement of peoples
Movement of Peoples
  • Slavery
  • Convicts
  • Free Settlers
  • Australian experience of settlers on the frontier
progressive ideas and movements
Progressive Ideas and Movements
  • One of the following isms on Australia
  • Capitalism
  • Socialism
  • Darwinism
  • Imperialism
  • Nationalism
  • Chartism – (working class labour movement focusing on reforming the political and social structure such as the voting system )
topic 2 asia and australia
Topic 2 – Asia and Australia

1750-1918

SIGNIFICANT REVISION TAKING PLACE

WATCH THIS SPACE?

A TALE OF TWO CITIES

COMPARATIVE DEPTH STUDY –

AN ASIAN AND AUSTRALIAN CITY

topic 3 nations in conflict
Topic 3 – Nations in Conflict

1750 – 1918

REVISION

One Depth Study

WWI – Eastern and Western Fronts

OR

WWI – Home fronts (1914-1918)

GREATER INTEGRATION NEEDED

year 10 the modern world australia
YEAR 10 – The Modern World & Australia
  • THREE topics with a degree of internal choice.
  • Topic 1 – Wartime experiences
  • One Depth Study from WWII (1939-1945) OR Vietnam (1945-1975)
  • Topic 2 – Rights and Freedoms (1954 to the present)
  • One Depth Study from either Civil Rights & Freedom Rides OR Women's Liberation Movement (1963 to the present)
  • Topic 3 – The globalising world
  • Choice of TWO Depth Studies – Popular Culture (1954 to the present) OR the Environment movement (1960s to the present)
programming of the senior courses
Programming of the Senior Courses

CHALLENGES FOR NSW

NO HISTORICAL INVESTIGATION in YEAR 11

PRELIMINARY COURSE?

HSC COURSE?

EACH UNIT IS DESIGNED TO BE

ONE SEMESTER IN DURATION

ancient history year 11
Ancient History – Year 11

Unit 1 – Investigating the Past

  • Methods of historians/archaeologists
  • Investigating ancient sources through ONE of the following:
  • A significant archaeological source or written source
ancient history year 111
Ancient History – Year 11

UNIT 2a

Representing & Interpreting the Ancient Past

  • ONE representation of the ancient past
  • TWO controversies

OR

year 11 ancient history
Year 11 Ancient History

UNIT 2 b

Ancient Lives

  • 1 theme with reference to TWO civilisations???
  • Slavery
  • Death & burial
  • Art & architecture
  • Weapons & warfare
  • Technology & engineering
  • The family
year 12 ancient history
Year 12 Ancient History

UNIT 3

Ancient People, Power & Politics

ONE HISTORICAL PERIOD

and

ONE HISTORICAL PERSONALITY

year 12 ancient history1
Year 12 Ancient History

UNIT 4

Ancient Societies, Sites & Sources

  • ONE Ancient Society
  • ONE Ancient Site

OR

ONE ANCIENT SOURCE

For Year 12 topics must be drawn from at least TWO of either Egypt, Near East, Asia, Greece or Rome

year 11 modern history
YEAR 11 MODERN HISTORY

UNIT 1

Investigating Modern History

  • Investigate key events, people, ideas
  • Evaluate significant historical debates
  • Working with sources
  • ONE Case Study and WW1
year 11 modern history1
YEAR 11 MODERN HISTORY

UNIT 2 a

The Nation State & National Identity

  • Key events in the first half of the 20th Century
  • ONE Nation State and an individual from either
  • Australia, Germany, India, Japan, USA
year 11 modern history2
YEAR 11 MODERN HISTORY

UNIT 2 b

Recognition & Equality

ONE From the following:

  • Women’s struggle
  • First Nations
  • End of Apartheid in South Africa
  • Civil Rights in the USA
year 12 modern history
YEAR 12 MODERN HISTORY

UNIT 3 a

International Tensions & Conflict

ONE from the following:

  • Cold War Era
  • Conflict in the Middle East
  • Decolonisation/Independence in Asia/Africa

OR

year 12 modern history1
YEAR 12 MODERN HISTORY

Unit 3 b

Revolutions

ONE from either of the following:

  • America
  • France
  • Russia
  • China
year 12 modern history2
YEAR 12 MODERN HISTORY

Unit 4

Asia & Australia 1937- 2000

  • World War II in the Pacific
  • Developments since WW2
  • Increasing influence of Asia

War in SE Asia and ONE Asian nation

criticism of the senior courses
Criticism of the Senior Courses
  • Restriction in number of topics and choices on offer ie in AH – Old Kingdom
  • A degree of repetition in MH
  • Focus on Australia in MH
  • Jumping into Year 12 course without an experience of Year 11 skills development
  • Timeframe – too rushed
  • Lack of transparency
  • Assessment
contact details
Contact Details

Carlo Tuttocuore

Head of History & AIS History Convenor

tuttocuore@krb.nsw.edu.au