Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities

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Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities

  1. 1. Australian Curriculum General Capabilities
  2. 2. BackgroundThe Melbourne Declaration identifies eight (8)learning areas and was one of two key documents thatguided the development of the Australian Curriculum:•English•Mathematics•Science•Languages•The Arts•Technologies•The Humanities•Health and Physical Education
  3. 3. The Australian Curriculum Implementation General Capabilities (7) and Cross Curriculum Priorities (3)
  4. 4. The General Capabilities“are a key dimension of the AustralianCurriculum, and are taught andassessed in the content of the learningareas …… they underpin and inform ourlearning and teaching and should beexplicit i.e. clearly Identified within eachlearning area subject program”…
  5. 5. The General CapabilitiesWhat are the General Capabilities?The Australian Curriculum is underpinned by seven (7)General Capabilities. These are:• Literacy• Numeracy• Information & communication technology capability• Critical and creative thinking• Ethical behaviour• Personal and social capability• Intercultural understanding.
  6. 6. From a Broader Perspective … the notion of general capabilities are not new! …In Australia, there are a number of existing arrangements to address general capabilities/non-technical skills:•Employability Skills Framework used in the Vocational Education and Training sector.•Graduate Attributes developed by universities.•Australian Core Skills Framework, foundation skills for the workforce.•The Australian Blueprint for Career Development, which addresses career management competencies considered essential for life long learning.•The Australian Qualifications Framework, which spans all education and training sectors, also refers to four broad categories of Generic Skills.• The Overarching Outcomes, WA Curriculum Framework, and now the•General Capabilities that form part of the new Australian Curriculum for schools. (EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS FRAMEWORK STAGE 1, FINAL REPORT , DEEWR, JANUARY 2012).
  7. 7. The General Capabilitiesare those capabilities deemed essential to assist students ‘manage their life, learning and work’ throughout their lifespan. They are the knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that will assist students to live and work as successful independent learners and as active, confident, creative and informed individuals (Shape of the Australian Curriculum – ACARA, December 2010).
  8. 8. General Capabilities Where Can I Find More Information About the General Capabilities?•Overviews that describe the nature, scope andsignificance of each General Capability are on theGeneral Capabilities section of the Australian Curriculumwebsite.
  9. 9. The General CapabilitiesThe Capabilities are Identified by these symbols in the Curriculum:
  10. 10. The Capabilities in the Learning Areas The General Capabilities are addressed through the learning areas and are identified where they offer opportunities to add depth and richness to student learning in content elaborations. http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/English/Curriculum/F-10
  11. 11. Resource Support – C.N.A. Scootle Go to http://ims.cathednet.wa.edu.au ID: <surname.firstname> Password: <your CathEdNet email password >Another Resource F to Year 10 …“ICT across four Domains”https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1dA5idOGlWJdOHSgNhhMnNjTJpVtqdLwSLoatFo0vOhk
  12. 12. The General CapabilitiesAll of the Seven (7) GeneralCapabilities consist of three sections:•Introduction•Organising elements•A continuum across stages of schooling
  13. 13. The General Capabilities EXAMPLE: ICT Capability• Introduction“…The capability involves students in learning to make the most of the digital technologies available to them, adapting to new ways of doing things as technologies evolve and limiting the risks to themselves and others in a digital environment …
  14. 14. The General Capabilities• The Organising elementsThe ICT capability is organised into five (5) interrelated elements:• Investigating with ICT• Creating with ICT• Communicating with ICT• Managing and operating ICT• Applying social and ethical protocols and practices
  15. 15. The General Capabilities• ICT Continuum Across Stages of Schooling
  16. 16. The General CapabilitiesA learning progression, showing development across bands of year levels.•For Literacy and Numeracy, this work includesdescriptions for the end of Years 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10… by the end of 2012, K will be included.•For the other five capabilities presently the workincludes descriptions for the end of Years 2, 6 and10 … by the end of 2012 it will also include K, 4, and 8.
  17. 17. The General CapabilitiesTeaching and assessment of theGeneral Capabilities•Teachers are expected to teach andassess General Capabilities to the extentthat they are incorporated and identifiedwithin each learning area.
  18. 18. The General Capabilities How are the General Capabilities in the Australian Curriculum Evident in your Learning Area? Good teaching in each of the learning areas will always contribute to a student’s development of General Capabilities. How do you presently cover the capabilities? Discuss this in your learning area!•Source: Australian Curriculum Site: http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/GeneralCapabilities/Overview/General-capabilities-in-the-learning-areas•Source: ACARA: Shaping Papers: Phase 2 and 3 - http://www.acara.edu.au/curriculum/curriculum.html e.g. Languages Shaping Paper Page 35
  19. 19. The General Capabilities How are the General CapabilitiesEvident in the Australian Curriculum? The Australian Curriculum reinforces this expectation by incorporating these seven (7) General Capabilities into learning area content descriptions in ways appropriate to each learning area. Which of the seven (7) General Capabilities will you incorporate in appropriate ways into your learning area?•Source: Australian Curriculum Site: http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/GeneralCapabilities/Overview/General-capabilities-in-the-learning-areas•Source: ACARA: Shaping Papers: Phase 2 and 3- http://www.acara.edu.au/curriculum/curriculum.html

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