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Australian Curriculum Coalition Paper (Summary)


For those following movements in the Australian Curriculum here is an important development; “The Australian Curriculum Coalition (ACC) represents a forum of Presidents, Executive Officers and Executive Directors of National Education Organisations. The Organisations represent members who are teachers, principals, school leaders, academics and education researchers.”

Today they released the following ‘open letter’; http://www.acsa.edu.au/pages/images/Australian%20Curriculum%20Coalition%20common%20view%20on%20the%20Australian%20Curriculum4.pdf

The report extends support for a national curriculum but requests the following;

  • Revision of timeline for development and implementation
  • ‘Build stakeholder ownership’ (teachers/principals/associations, etc.)
  • Inform debate by making drafts and consultation ‘public’
  • Pages 4 & 5 discuss a rigorous need for these initiatives to be world-class and framed by clear curriculum rationale
  • Reduction of ‘over crowding’ in curriculum documents (This will sting as it was a primary objective for ACARA to keep the statements ‘open’ – ironically it is the consultation process that has been the source of the ‘fattening’)
  • Whole or Core Curriculum – Clarification for ‘local’ content (This is quite problematic for the History implementation but I think they are drawing a long bow on this one – your thoughts?)
  • Cross-curricula Developments – (YAY!!)
  • Reporting and Achievement Standards (YAY!!)
  • Funding for PD/PL

Wish they had mentioned a few more (e.g. consideration for special needs, resources, etc.)

Would love you know what you think of these suggestions? http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/WA-Teachers-Lounge/154210691257798

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  1. November 2, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    POST SCRIPT: Interestingly, this ‘letter’ was sent to ACARA in March after the curriculum drafts were first released (pre-feedback). Many of the issues addressed in the letter are closer to resolution. There have been a range of ‘press releases’ over the past few weeks and one wonders if this one was released to add further pressure for a delay in AC release. All I’ve read to date is ‘full steam ahead’ from all official sources. The 29th October Peter Garrett Press Release contributes to this rhetoric also: https://wateacherslounge.wordpress.com/2010/11/02/education-revolution-ict-teacher-training-package/
    Thoughts?

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