Curriculum Agendas

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Curriculum Agendas

  1. 1. What is Curriculum? National and State
  2. 2. Views of curriculum <ul><li>‘ an interrelated set of plans and experiences that a student undertakes under the guidance of a school’ (Marsh & Willis, 1995, p.10) </li></ul><ul><li>‘ the content or objectives for which schools hold students accountable… the set of instructional strategies teachers plan to use.’ (Posner, 1995, p. 5) </li></ul><ul><li>‘ an organised set of formal educational and/or training intentions.’ (Pratt, 1980, p. 4) </li></ul><ul><li>‘ encompasses all learning opportunities provided by the school.’ (Saylor & Alexander, 1966, p.5) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Views of curriculum <ul><li>‘ The curriculum is always, in every society, a reflection of what people think, feel, believe, and do.’ (smith et. al., 1950, p.3) </li></ul><ul><li>‘ what the older generation chooses to tell the younger generation… (it) is intensely historical, political, racial, gendered, phenomenological, autobiographical, aesthetic, theological and international. Curriculum becomes the site on which the generations struggle to defend themselves and the world.’ (Pinar et. al., 1995, pp. 847-848) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Conflicting & competing views <ul><li>In seeking to understand better the role of curriculum in the 21 st century, the purpose should be to ensure that children and young people are well equipped to handle whatever it is that this new century will call them to do and to be. The curriculum of schools is essentially about the future; it cannot be based on curriculum models that have been handed down from the previous centuries. It seems important to ensure that the curriculum of schools is able to help students construct a future that is both personally and socially rewarding. (Brady & Kennedy, 2007, p.7) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Stakeholders in the curriculum <ul><li>Students </li></ul><ul><li>Parents </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Demographic groups – boys, ATSI, special needs, disabilities, NESB </li></ul><ul><li>Governments </li></ul><ul><li>Business </li></ul><ul><li>Tertiary education providers & TAFE ’s </li></ul><ul><li>Community – social, medical, welfare </li></ul>
  6. 6. Melbourne Declaration <ul><li>Acknowledges the major changes in the world that are placing new demands on Australian education. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Global integration and international mobility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Impact of major Asian nations – India & China </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technological change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Changing skill needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental, social and economic pressures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital economy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.mceecdya.edu.au/mceecdya/melbourne_declaration,25979.html </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Melbourne Declaration <ul><li>Goal 1: Australian schooling promotes equity and excellence </li></ul><ul><li>Goal 2: All young Australians become: </li></ul><ul><li>- successful learners </li></ul><ul><li>- confident and creative individuals </li></ul><ul><li>- active and informed citizens </li></ul>
  8. 8. Australian Curriculum <ul><li>Stage 1 - Science, Mathematics, English, History in 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Stage 2 - Languages, Geography, The Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Stage 3 - Design and Technology, Health and Physical Education, ICT, Economics, Business and Civics and Citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>General capabilities - literacy, numeracy, ICT, thinking skills, creativity, self management, teamwork, intercultural understanding, ethical behaviour and social competence. </li></ul><ul><li>Australian Curriculum Online </li></ul>
  9. 9. VCE, VET and VCAL <ul><li>http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/vce/index.html </li></ul>
  10. 10. Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) <ul><li>Outlines what is essential for all Victorian students to learn from Prep to Year 10. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a set of common state-wide standards which schools use to plan student learning programs, assess student progress and report to parents. </li></ul><ul><li>Includes knowledge and skills in the areas of physical, social and personal learning. Skills which are transferable across all areas of study such as thinking and communication are also included. </li></ul><ul><li>http://vels.vcaa.vic.edu.au/ </li></ul>

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