It's a bit hard to tell isn't it: identifying and analysing intentions behind a cross-curriculum priority

Maxwell, Jacinta (2014) It's a bit hard to tell isn't it: identifying and analysing intentions behind a cross-curriculum priority. Curriculum Perspectives, 34 (3). pp. 27-38. ISSN 0159-7868

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The inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures within the Australian Curriculum should not have been a surprise to anyone with even a passing interest in education policy. It is now an expectation that such content will be included in curricula, but the degree to which histories and cultures are accepted as relevant across the curriculum is a matter of current debate. Interviews with final year pre-service teachers were conducted for a major research project upon which this paper is based. Those responses suggested that the intentions behind the inclusion of this content are often taken for granted and tend to revolve around notions of inclusion and social justice. This paper examines these and other findings from that research project, working backwards from the interviews, through an examination of the Australian Curriculum, a visual analysis of components of the Australian Curriculum website, and a summary of a critical analysis of documents closely associated with the development of this curriculum. When compared with the text of the curriculum itself, these analyses uncover motivations significantly out of line with the interviewed pre-service teachers' expectations. Finally, a critical race theory lens is applied to the results in order to illuminate aspects of the curriculum that often go unnoticed, and to offer an alternative perspective on the intentions behind the cross-curriculum priority.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2015 06:00
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2015 06:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; school curriculum; inclusion; social justice
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130106 Secondary Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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