NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre Draft Senior Secondary Curriculum Modern History May, 2012
Overview of Senior Secondary Australian Curriculum • ACARA has developed draft senior secondary Australian Curriculum in the four learning areas of English, mathematics, science and history. • ACARA has specified content and achievement standards for different subjects within each learning area. • Curriculum, assessment and certification authorities in each state or territory (Board of Studies in NSW) are responsible for the structure and organisation of their senior secondary courses, as well as assessment and certification.
Overview of Senior Secondary Australian Curriculum • Each subject has been divided into four units. • Each unit runs for about 50-60 hours, including assessment, i.e. one half-year semester per unit. • Units may be studied singly, in pairs (over a year) or as four units (over two years). • Each unit identifies particular learning outcomes for students and content descriptions that outline the teaching and learning included in the unit.
Overview of Senior Secondary Australian Curriculum • Draft senior secondary subjects, including content and achievement standards, will be available for national consultation until 20 July 2012. • NSW has not yet committed to using the senior secondary Australian Curriculum for English, mathematics, science and history. • ACARA has said that current courses not covered by their proposed subjects, e.g. Extension courses, can still be offered by states.
Strands The Modern History curriculum continues to develop student learning in history through the two strands of: • historical knowledge and understanding and • historical skills. This strand organisation provides an opportunity to integrate content in flexible and meaningful ways.
Historical strands The two strands are interrelated and the content has been written to enable integration of the strands in the development of a teaching and learning program.
Historical skills strand The Historical skills strand includes skills that are used in historical inquiry. There are five key skill areas that build on those learned in K-10 History curriculum and which continue to be developed in the Senior Modern History curriculum. • Chronology, terms and concepts • Historical questions and research • Analysis and use of sources • Perspectives and interpretations • Explanation and communication
Historical knowledge and understanding strand The Historical knowledge and understanding strand provides the context through which particular skills are to be developed. The same set of historical skills has been included in each of the four units to provide a common focus for the teaching and learning of content in the historical knowledge and understanding strand.
Organisation of the content Unit 2: Movements for Rights and Recognition in the 20th century Students study 2 of the following 20th century movements
Discussion questions • Is the structure and content consistent with the rationale? • Are there a variety of logical connections between the units to provide sound patterns of study? • Is the unifying concept for each unit historically sound? • Are the topics proposed within each unit appropriate? • Are the content descriptions for each of the topics historically appropriate and accurate? • Do the content descriptions for each of the topics provide a sound basis for programming and teaching?
Consultation ACARA documents The national draft Modern History and Ancient History curriculum documents and the survey can found at: http://www.acara.edu.au/curriculum/draft_senior_secondary_australian_curriculum.html ACARA consultation: Before 20 July 2012 To provide your feedback directly to ACARA, go to http://consultation.australiancurriculum.edu.au
Contact Contact details available on the NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre website. http://clic.det.nsw.edu.au/aust_curriculum/contact.htm