Presentation on theme: "Australian Curriculum"— Presentation transcript:
1 Australian Curriculum English, Maths, Science& HistoryThis session is not designed to criticise the Australian Curriculum but rather to pose questions for consideration. I am in favour of a National Curriculum and definitely see the benefits of a more streamlined approach to Curric across the states.I don’t have any answers to the questions posed – some of you may, some may not.Idea of today is to get conversations happening around Australian Curriculum and then to take this information back to schools and to get teachers talking and giving feedback.
2 Purpose of SACPPA Session Context & exposure at moment being done by CEO through introductory courses and subject workshopsAim today is to focus on content and feedback to ACARAWhat is it that we need to think about as educators?
3 BackgroundCOAG (Council of Australian Government) decided that a National Curriculum was necessaryCurriculum was to outline skills, knowledge and capabilities for young AustraliansMelbourne Declaration, December 2008 – National Education Goals for all Australian StudentsACARA formed in June 2009 – work had already begun on National Curriculum prior to the ACARA formation
4 Background Why a National Curriculum? Consistency between the states Consistency for both the mobile studentand teacherOur current state by State Curriculums are good. Combining to one National Curriculum will continue the national focus on improving student learning
5 Overview of Australian Curriculum Phase 1 English, Maths, Science and History Phase 2 Arts, Geography & Languages Phase 3 The Ministerial Council has asked for advice on making the entire curriculum for schools national i.e. there is more to come
6 Shape PapersIn May 2009 the Interim National Curriculum Board (NCB) publishedThe Shape of the Australian Curriculum: English, Maths, Science & HistoryThe shape papers are the foundational documents that have guided the development of the Australian Curriculum for each learning area in the first phase.
7 What does the Australian Curriculum Consist of? Rationale / AimsGeneral CapabilitiesCross Curricular DimensionsContent Strand Descriptions - Knowledge, Skills & UnderstandingsAchievement StandardsElaborations
8 Rationale / AimsRational / Aims written based on the Melbourne Declaration and the Shape PapersAre the Rationale/Aims a reflection of what was set out in the Melbourne Declaration?Does the rationale give a clear statement about “curriculum”?Is the Curriculum an articulate & coherent view of “curriculum”?
9 Rationale / Aims Rationale - does it address 21st Century needs? What is a 21st Century Curriculum?Is the Australian Curriculum a “curriculum” or a series of stand alone subjects?
11 General CapabilitiesThis area of the Australian Curriculum is still being developedACARA is working to provide a continuum / scope & sequence of the general capabilitiesHow were the capabilities decided? How are they to be used?How are the General Capabilities sequenced across both subject areas and years of schooling?
12 Cross Curricular Dimensions Indigenous PerspectivesA commitment to sustainable patterns of livingAsia and Australia’s engagement with Asia.Are the Cross Curricular Dimensions accurate? Do they fit? Are they genuine?
13 Content Strand Descriptions - Knowledge, Skills & Understandings Content Strand Descriptions outline the work to be carried out on a year by year basis in each subject areaIt is designed to be flexible, not lock step and prescribedDo the content descriptions give enough information?Are the content descriptions sequential?Are the content descriptions Developmental?
14 Achievement Standards Achievement standards are to reflect the quality of learning expected of students who are taught the contentSpecified by each learning area and each year of schooling“Students reaching standards are well able to progress to the next level”What about students who don’t reach the standard? What are the implications for the following year?
15 Achievement Standards Assessment - what are the Achievement Standards actually saying? Are the Achievement Standards just an overview of content covered?Are teachers assessing and reporting what is taught?Will we develop outcomes based around the Achievement Standards?Will the work samples help us with assessment?
16 Elaborations & Examples Elaborations are given to further explain Content DescriptionsAre they good examples? Too broad? Too specific?What can we do to ensure that Elaborations are not used as “the curriculum”?
17 Students with Special Needs & ESL Students with Special Needs and ESL are currently being looked at by ACARAAt the moment the draft papers do not look specifically at these areasDoes the Australian Curriculum address equity for all students?Do the documents, as they stand, assume that content is neutral?
18 Pedagogy Pedagogy is not included in the Australian Curriculum. HOW we teach the curriculum has not been stated – it is up to states, territories & schools to decided upon which pedagogy is applied
19 Other key questionsConsultation Period – it is only approx 10 weeks? Is this long enough?Is it a world class curriculum? What is a “world class curriculum”?
20 Consultation Online surveys / feedback Stakeholders Consultation ForumsNational Forums (April)Intensive School based trials
21 Consultation ACARA wants people to register and give feedback. Individuals and groups can give feedback.ACARA wants to identify the different groups giving the feedback so they can see what each are saying about the Australian Curriculum, ie teachers, parents, different sectors
22 Feedback ACARA are very open to feedback and do use it Statement “students will learn” was taken out of the initial drafts in response to the feedback that was given, then “teachers will teach” also taken out due to feedbackThe more feedback we can give – association level, sector level, school level, individual level – the better
23 ConsultationAt the end of Consultation Phase an independent data and analysis will be done (Insync Surveys)Interim & final reports given and ACARA panels & office to review feedback
24 Initial Implementation Plan proposed for CESA Schools At this stage comment has only be made by ministers in regards to the implementation of the Phase 1, English, Maths, History & ScienceImplementation by 2013 in first four areas,K - 10No comment has been made from ministers in regards to Phase 2 implementationSpoke to Kevin Comber yesterday afternoon and he shared the current thinking from CESA regarding implementation
25 Initial Implementation Plan proposed for CESA Schools CESA suggestion that we begin with English & Maths in 2011 as currently there is most support in these areas through the Literacy & Numeracy TeamsHowever, any combination could be possibleThis is the information we all have to date, this could change as more detail/directives come from ministers, ACARA