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A comparative analysis of the australian national curriculum


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Conference presentation for EDU8719-2010 …

Conference presentation for EDU8719-2010

Louise Ruzic

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  • 1. A comparative analysis of the Australian National Curriculum, the Queensland Early Years Curriculum and international curricula: what is best practice and how do we ensure its implementation Louise Ruzic
  • 2. Similarities in Primary Curriculum Content Areas in Chosen Countries (INCA, 2010)
  • 3. “ Supporting all young Australians to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active, informed citizens, and developing a curriculum which will equip all young Australians with the essential skills, knowledge and capabilities to thrive and compete in a globalized world and information rich workplaces of this century.” (ACARA, 2009a p4)
  • 4. Differences between Australian National Curriculum and Queensland Early Years Curriculum for Prep.
    • The Queensland Early Years Curriculum has emphasis on play based pedagogy and the stated influence by child development theories.
    • ( Queensland Studies Authority, 2006)
    • The Australian Curriculum focuses on content descriptions and achievement benchmarks.
    • ( ACARA, 2009a)
  • 5. The Australian national Curriculum has many similarities to the National Curriculum of the United Kingdom. ( ACARA, 2009a and Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency, 1999)
  • 6. Swedish National Curriculum has different focuses.
    • “ Schools must impart, instill, and form in pupils the fundamental values of society; a sense of justice; generosity of spirit; tolerance and responsibility.” (Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency, 1999 p6)
  • 7. What is Best Practice in Early Childhood Curriculum Development? “Curriculum is now understood as a process that seeks depth of understanding within a specific area of knowledge and includes the processes of learning, seeking, critiquing and utilizing information. This definition includes the personal values, attitudes and social development of students.” (Hersh, 2009 p52)
  • 8. Does the Australian National Curriculum meet Best Practice Criteria?
    • Is the curriculum
    • focused on societal values
    • based on child development theories
    • focused on how students learn?
    • Does the curriculum
    • contain specific pedagogical ideals
    • have broad content based goals
    • maintain teacher decision making
    • feature the roles of all education stakeholders?
  • 9. How can Queensland Teachers look globally to implement Best Practice in curriculum development?
  • 10. Professionally engage with other teachers in person.
  • 11. And electronically.
  • 12. References
    • ACARA (2009a) Australian National curriculum Draft 1 . Canberra: ACARA
    • ACARA (2009b) Shape of the Australian National Curriculum. Canberra: ACARA
    • Hersh, R.H. (2009) A well-rounded education for a flat world. Teaching for the 21st Century 67 (1)
    • INCA (2010) International review of curriculum and assessment frameworks internet archive from http://
    • Pramling, I., Sheriden, S., and Williams, P. (2003) Key Issues in Curriculum Development for Young Children. Goteburg: OECD
    • Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (1999) National Curriculum- United Kingdom. London: United Kingdom Government Press
    • Queensland Studies Authority (2010) Australian Draft Curriculum; Queensland Response Brisbane: Queensland Studies Authority
    • Queensland Studies Authority (2006) Queensland Early Years Curriculum Brisbane: Queensland Studies Authority
    • Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (1999) Swedish National Curriculum. Goteburg: Swedish Ministry of Education and Research