Update on national accreditation of an expanded core curriculum in senior secondary

Fanshawe, Melissa ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7399-7663 (2021) Update on national accreditation of an expanded core curriculum in senior secondary. In: Vision Impairment Conference (VISCON 2021), 19 Aug - 20 Aug 2021, Virtual conference.


Abstract

Over the last 25 years, a large and growing body of the literature has argued that students with vision impairment require explicit teaching of the knowledge and skills that are incidentally learned by their peers through vision. The Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC), devised by Hatlen (1996); consists of nine key areas believed necessary to compensate for what is incidentally gained by students with regular vision. In Australia, the ECC is supported by SPEVI (2016) ‘in addition to the general (core) curriculum, provision of the Expanded Core Curriculum will maximise the academic, social, vocational and life skills of learners with vision impairment’ (South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment, 2016, p. 12). However, despite research (Doepel, 2013; Wolffe & Kelly, 2011) that clearly highlights the success of the ECC in career and life outcomes for older adults, there is still debate about how the ECC can be effectively taught to students with vision impairment in mainstream classrooms (Wolffe & Kelly, 2011), who is responsible, what they will teach and when they can do this (Keil & Cobb, 2019). Lack of understanding about the importance these specific skills play in the long term education of students with vision impairment has also been identified as a barrier to implementing the ECC internationally (Palmer, 2005). The aim of a national accreditation of the specialist VI curriculum, is to provide vocation education and training certificates that can be undertaken in schools, to count towards the student’s ATAR and tertiary studies. Students will gain the knowledge of tools and the skills to access content and information for education and employment. This session will give you an update on where we are up to in the process, what you can do to help and what the final accreditation means for you.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 30 May 2022 01:29
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2022 13:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: national curriculum, blindness and low vision, access technology
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390407 Inclusive education
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390411 Special education and disability
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390114 Vocational education and training curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160201 Equity and access to education
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160203 Inclusive education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48647

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