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Title: Australian Curriculum


1
Australian Curriculum
  • English, Maths, Science
  • History

2
Purpose of SACPPA Session
  • Context exposure at moment being done by CEO
    through introductory courses and subject
    workshops
  • Aim today is to focus on content and feedback to
    ACARA
  • What is it that we need to think about as
    educators?

3
Background
  • COAG (Council of Australian Government) decided
    that a National Curriculum was necessary
  • Curriculum was to outline skills, knowledge and
    capabilities for young Australians
  • Melbourne Declaration, December 2008 National
    Education Goals for all Australian Students
  • ACARA formed in June 2009 work had already
    begun on National Curriculum prior to the ACARA
    formation

4
Background
  • Why a National Curriculum?
  • Consistency between the states
  • Consistency for both the mobile student
  • and teacher
  • Our current state by State Curriculums are good.
    Combining to one National Curriculum will
    continue the national focus on improving student
    learning

5
Overview of Australian Curriculum
  • Phase 1
  • English, Maths, Science and History
  • Phase 2
  • Arts, Geography Languages
  • Phase 3
  • The Ministerial Council has asked for advice on
    making the entire curriculum for schools national
    i.e. there is more to come

6
Shape Papers
  • In May 2009 the Interim National Curriculum Board
    (NCB) published
  • The Shape of the Australian Curriculum English,
    Maths, Science History
  • The shape papers are the foundational documents
    that have guided the development of the
    Australian Curriculum for each learning area in
    the first phase.

7
What does the Australian Curriculum Consist of?
  • Rationale / Aims
  • General Capabilities
  • Cross Curricular Dimensions
  • Content Strand Descriptions - Knowledge, Skills
    Understandings
  • Achievement Standards
  • Elaborations

8
Rationale / Aims
  • Rational / Aims written based on the Melbourne
    Declaration and the Shape Papers
  • Are the Rationale/Aims a reflection of what was
    set out in the Melbourne Declaration?
  • Does the rationale give a clear statement about
    curriculum?
  • Is the Curriculum an articulate coherent view
    of curriculum?

9
Rationale / Aims
  • Rationale - does it address 21st Century needs?
  • What is a 21st Century Curriculum?
  • Is the Australian Curriculum a curriculum or a
    series of stand alone subjects?

10
General Capabilities
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • ICT
  • Thinking skills
  • Creativity
  • Self management
  • Teamwork
  • Intercultural understanding
  • Ethical behaviour
  • Social competence

11
General Capabilities
  • This area of the Australian Curriculum is still
    being developed
  • ACARA is working to provide a continuum / scope
    sequence of the general capabilities
  • How were the capabilities decided? How are they
    to be used?
  • How are the General Capabilities sequenced
    across both subject areas and years of schooling?

12
Cross Curricular Dimensions
  • Indigenous Perspectives
  • A commitment to sustainable patterns of living
  • Asia and Australias engagement with Asia.
  • Are the Cross Curricular Dimensions accurate?
    Do they fit? Are they genuine?

13
Content Strand Descriptions - Knowledge, Skills
Understandings
  • Content Strand Descriptions outline the work to
    be carried out on a year by year basis in each
    subject area
  • It is designed to be flexible, not lock step and
    prescribed
  • Do the content descriptions give enough
    information?
  • Are the content descriptions sequential?
  • Are the content descriptions Developmental?

14
Achievement Standards
  • Achievement standards are to reflect the quality
    of learning expected of students who are taught
    the content
  • Specified by each learning area and each year of
    schooling
  • Students reaching standards are well able to
    progress to the next level
  • What about students who dont reach the
    standard? What are the implications for the
    following year?

15
Achievement Standards
  • Assessment - what are the Achievement Standards
    actually saying? Are the Achievement Standards
    just an overview of content covered?
  • Are teachers assessing and reporting what is
    taught?
  • Will we develop outcomes based around the
    Achievement Standards?
  • Will the work samples help us with assessment?

16
Elaborations Examples
  • Elaborations are given to further explain Content
    Descriptions
  • Are they good examples? Too broad? Too specific?
  • What can we do to ensure that Elaborations are
    not used as the curriculum?

17
Students with Special Needs ESL
  • Students with Special Needs and ESL are currently
    being looked at by ACARA
  • At the moment the draft papers do not look
    specifically at these areas
  • Does the Australian Curriculum address equity
    for all students?
  • Do the documents, as they stand, assume that
    content is neutral?

18
Pedagogy
  • Pedagogy is not included in the Australian
    Curriculum.
  • HOW we teach the curriculum has not been stated
    it is up to states, territories schools to
    decided upon which pedagogy is applied

19
Other key questions
  • Consultation Period it is only approx 10 weeks?
    Is this long enough?
  • Is it a world class curriculum? What is a world
    class curriculum?

20
Consultation
  • Online surveys / feedback
  • Stakeholders Consultation Forums
  • National Forums (April)
  • Intensive School based trials

21
Consultation
  • ACARA wants people to register and give feedback.
  • Individuals and groups can give feedback.
  • ACARA wants to identify the different groups
    giving the feedback so they can see what each are
    saying about the Australian Curriculum, ie
    teachers, parents, different sectors

22
Feedback
  • ACARA are very open to feedback and do use it
  • Statement students will learn was taken out of
    the initial drafts in response to the feedback
    that was given, then teachers will teach also
    taken out due to feedback
  • The more feedback we can give association
    level, sector level, school level, individual
    level the better

23
Consultation
  • At the end of Consultation Phase an independent
    data and analysis will be done (Insync Surveys)
  • Interim final reports given and ACARA panels
    office to review feedback

24
Initial Implementation Plan proposed for CESA
Schools
  • At this stage comment has only be made by
    ministers in regards to the implementation of the
    Phase 1, English, Maths, History Science
  • Implementation by 2013 in first four areas,
  • K - 10
  • No comment has been made from ministers in
    regards to Phase 2 implementation

25
Initial Implementation Plan proposed for CESA
Schools
  • CESA suggestion that we begin with English
    Maths in 2011 as currently there is most support
    in these areas through the Literacy Numeracy
    Teams
  • However, any combination could be possible
  • This is the information we all have to date, this
    could change as more detail/directives come from
    ministers, ACARA

26
  • Australian Curriculum
  • ENGLISH
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