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The Australian Curriculum. Outline. Context, background and developments Key Concepts of the Australian curriculum The Implementation issue. acara. Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority Commonwealth independent statutory authority Established 1 June 2009

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outline
Outline
  • Context, background and developments
  • Key Concepts of the Australian curriculum
  • The Implementation issue
acara
acara
  • Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority
  • Commonwealth independent statutory authority
  • Established 1 June 2009
  • Policy determined by the Council of state and federal education ministers
why an australian curriculum
Why an Australian Curriculum?
  • Curriculum (what we want young people to learn at school) has become too important and too big a task to not do it nationally
  • Because we are a very mobile society national consistency is important
  • We need to pool our talents and resources to ensure the best
  • Combination of efficiency and effectiveness arguments
the vision
The vision
  • Entitlement to a world-class curriculum for all young Australians
  • Commitment to work together collaboratively to design and deliver it
preparation for life
Preparation for life

Australian governments commit to working in collaboration with all school sectors to support all young Australians to become:

  • successful learners
  • confident and creative individuals
  • active and informed citizens.
shape of the curriculum
Shape of the curriculum
  • Learning areas
  • General capabilities
  • Cross-curriculum priorities
the learning areas
The Learning Areas

“Do we want each student to learn from these learning areas?”

general capabilities
General capabilities
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • ICT
  • Thinking skills
  • Creativity
  • Self management
  • Teamwork
  • Intercultural understanding
  • Ethical behaviour
  • Social competence

“Do we want each student to develop these capabilities?”

learning areas
Learning areas …

Learning Areas

“Year by year curriculum?”

K-10

learning areas and general capabilities
Learning areas and general capabilities

Learning Areas

General capabilities

K-10

cross curriculum priorities14
Cross curriculum priorities

Indigenous culture

Sustainability

Asia

elements of the curriculum
Elements of the curriculum
  • Curriculum content
    • Content elaborations
  • Achievement standards
    • Work samples that will be inclusive
curriculum content
Curriculum content
  • A core of knowledge, skills and understandings – what students will be taught
  • Importance of parsimony and avoiding overcrowding

“Do we want all students to learn this content?”

achievement standards
Achievement standards
  • The expected standard or quality of work
  • World class and thus aspirational, but achievable
  • Aligned to a ‘C’ in an A-E system of grades
implementation issues
Implementation Issues
  • Degree of specification
  • Curriculum cultures/history
  • Relationship to other policies
  • The state of federalism
  • Monitoring – evaluation - innovation