Innovation and consolidation in curriculum development and reform: the case of the new social studies

Parry, Lindsay (2007) Innovation and consolidation in curriculum development and reform: the case of the new social studies. International Journal of Social Education, 21 (2). pp. 169-176. ISSN 0889-0293

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The New Social Studies movement of the 1960s and 1970s represents a significant era of curriculum development and reform in the United States, which had international implications. This article presents an Australian case study of the experiences of curriculum workers involved in the development of an elementary social studies curriculum in the 1980s and their responses to the New Social Studies movement. It addresses the question: How did curriculum workers in the 1980s respond to innovative curricular and pedagogical practices espoused by Hilda Taba and the New Social Studies, and what influences shaped their work? It draws on data gathered primarily through oral histories of curriculum workers and corroborated by analyses of documentary evidence (reports, syllabuses, and correspondence) archived by the state educational authority in Queensland, Australia. Through their oral histories, curriculum workers provide reflective, evaluative, and contrasting 'voices' on official state-level efforts, or what Ross aptly calls the 'official state curriculum', and their perceived impact upon the curricular and pedagogical practices of classroom teachers.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No evidence of copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2010 11:12
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: curriculum development; educational change; foreign countries; thinking skills; social studies; teaching methods; instructional innovation; elementary education; oral history
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics, Business and Management)
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170204 Linguistic Processes (incl. Speech Production and Comprehension)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development

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