Teaching and learning history in Australian primary schools: pedagogical shifts, complexities and opportunities

Green, Nicole C. and Reitano, Paul and Dixon, Mary (2010) Teaching and learning history in Australian primary schools: pedagogical shifts, complexities and opportunities. International Journal of Learning, 17 (8). pp. 307-320. ISSN 1447-9494

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From 2011 the teaching and learning of History will be expanded into all primary schools (Kindergarten – Year 6) throughout Australia under a National Curriculum, including the formal preschool/kindergarten year. History as one of four core subjects will replace current studies of society and environment curriculum taught in primary schools across. The curriculum implementation process will involve a cultural and pedagogical shift as primary teachers make adjustments to the discipline of History. This article begins with an outline of the current curriculum context. An analysis of the New South Wales Human Society and Its Environment and the Australian Curriculum: History Draft Consultation documents follows. The findings indicate that the History Draft Consultation lacks clear guidance for teachers and has a number of shortcomings compared to the NSW HSIE syllabus. There are opportunities, however, for primary teachers because of the broad similarities of content knowledge in both documents and the embedded historical concepts in the NSW syllabus document.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Common Ground, Nicole C. Green, Paul Reitano, Mary Dixon. Apart from fair use for the purposes of study, research, criticism or review as permitted under the Copyright Act (Australia), no part of this work may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. For permissions and other inquiries, please contact <cg-support@commongroundpublishing.com>.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 20 May 2013 01:33
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2014 03:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: history; primary education; pedagogical strategies; discipline knowledge; curriculum implementation
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics, Business and Management)
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20837

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