Essay on The Australian National Curriculum

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A National Curriculum has been of some importance within the Australian Governments for some time. Previous national planned curriculums have been developed and failed a number of times. The Australian Governments with the guidance of the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians have developed ‘The Australian Curriculum’; A planned national curriculum from Foundation to Year 12 covering a variety of learning areas or subjects catering for Diversity, Differences and the needs of the 21st Century. The introduction of the Australian Curriculum is designed to supply all young Australians across the States and Territories an education that is of equal and high standards. This Essay will discuss the structure of the…show more content…
Development of the Curriculum has taken on a ‘Traditional’ structure of scope and sequence in regards to a formal Curriculum and disciplines or content (i.e. English, Mathematics, Science, History, Etc.) but also included has been precise attention to ten General Capabilities; Literacy, Numeracy, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Thinking skills, Creativity, Self-management, Teamwork, Intercultural understanding, Ethical behaviour and Social competence and also the inclusion of three Cross-Curriculum themes; Indigenous studies, Asian studies and Sustainability as stated by Peter Hill (A National Curriculum: Looking forward, An Australian Curriculum to promote 21st Century learners, 2010).
The National Curriculum has some resemblance towards the Objectives Model established by Ralph. W. Tyler in 1949 (Brady & Kennedy, 2010) whereas the curriculum is designed answering 4 key questions. Tyler’s Objectives model involves establishing the objectives or aims, stating the experiences or structure of the learning activities, implementation of the objectives and the assessment and evaluation of the learning activities/objectives. Tyler (as cited in Brady & Kennedy, 2010, pg.207) believes ‘evaluation is also a continuing process. Feedback may lead to a
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