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1 The Curriculum Discourse in Australia in 2007 and Beyond : The Future of Schooling in Australia Report Curriculum Corporation 14 th Annual Conference, Sydney Hilton Hotel November 2007 Professor Peter Dawkins, Secretary, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

2 The Future of Schooling in Australia Report What has changed or become clearer since the Adelaide Declaration? A broad framework for designing curriculum Towards a national curriculum Enhancing assessment and reporting Other matters

3 What has changed or become clearer since the Adelaide Declaration? Global environment – 9/11 – Global warming – Information revolution – the rise of China and India Research evidence – the economic impact of school education – the social impact of school education

4 Social/cultural/ethical Environmental Economic and technological Dealing with these challenges of the 21 Century  Education is crucial for future economic prosperity.  Young people need the right skills to operate in an information-rich world.  Education is critical to both understand & address emerging environmental challenges.  Education promotes social cohesion  Key driver for delivering equality of opportunity  Spiritual, moral, cultural, & physical development

5 Curriculum: a solid foundation to enable advanced learning It is critical that every student achieves/develops: A solid foundation in skills and knowledge on which further learning and adult life can be built. Deep knowledge and skills enabling advanced learning, ability to create new ideas & translate them into practical applications. General capabilities that underpin flexible thinking, a capacity to work with others, an ability to move across subject disciplines

6 Curriculum offering for all students “All students in Australian schools should have access to a broad and comprehensive curriculum that details the knowledge, understandings, skills and values to be achieved and provides a basis for the attainment of high standards of achievement”

7 Early Years Literacy and numeracy Social, emotional and physical development

8 Middle and Later Years Increasing focus on disciplines within science, social science and humanities Specialised areas of learning Problem solving, synthesising, teamwork and being able to move across disciplines

9 Innovation & creativity Fundamental to individual & national prosperity in a global market place Critical in developing responses to both new and intransigent social challenges Recognition that new ways of thinking are borne out of deep knowledge & its application across disciplines

10 Learning Areas Key Disciplines English Maths & Science (incl. physics, chemistry and biology) Languages The Arts Humanities & Social Science History; Geography; Economics

11 Learning Areas Key Disciplines Other important areas of learning EnglishHealth & Physical Ed Maths & Science (incl: physics, chemistry and biology) Technology LanguagesCivics & Citizenship The ArtsBusiness Humanities & Social Science History; Geography; Economics

12 Towards national curricula “Collaboration between the States, Territories and Commonwealth… has put in place a number of agreements that provide a framework for national curricula.”

13 Towards national curricula Now a general will to take this collaboration to the next stage: –National dialogue –Sharing best practice –Using curriculum expertise –Interest in comparing student outcomes –Assisting students who cross state boundaries –Economic efficiencies

14 Towards national curricula: the action plan Developing nationally consistent curricula that: –Sets core standards and achievement standards –Provides flexibility for jurisdictions and school sectors –Establishes standards as a basis for national testing –Broadens options for students –Ensures achievement reported on same scale nationally States and Territories commit to working together in collaboration with Catholic and Independent sectors to share high quality curriculum material

15 Assessment and Reporting diagnostic assessment is most important parents and students need reports on progress more sample assessment of students school comparisons not straightforward –value added measures have promise

16 Action Plan for Assessment and Reporting Testing to improve student performance Working together to: –improve school capacity to assess performance –ensure quality national tests & explore sample tests –share targeted intervention strategies in like schools Reporting on performance  reporting in clear language  reporting at all benchmark levels in national tests  fair, public reporting on school performance (‘value added’)

17 Curriculum, assessment and reporting - just part of the collaborative agenda Quality of teaching & school leadership Early childhood School retention/transitions Improving indigenous outcomes Partnerships with parents, community, business ALSO

18 Future of Schooling : Next Steps “ We ask that State and Territory Ministers for Education take the report to MCEETYA to seek endorsement and to establish a process for the development of a new Declaration on the Future of Schooling in Australia, drawing on this report. This process should include the Catholic and Independent school sectors” Council for the Australian Federation, 25 th September 2007

19 From collaborative federalism to a discourse about 21 st Century curriculum The Future of Schooling in Australia report establishes the platform for further constructive debate about the future of curriculum in Australia

20 Social/cultural/ethical Environmental Economic and technological Dealing with these challenges of the 21 Century  Education is crucial for future economic prosperity.  Young people need the right skills to operate in an information-rich world.  Education is critical to both understand & address emerging environmental challenges.  Education promotes social cohesion  Key driver for delivering equality of opportunity  Spiritual, moral, cultural, & physical development

21 Curriculum: a solid foundation to enable advanced learning It is critical that every student achieves/develops: A solid foundation in skills and knowledge on which further learning and adult life can be built. Deep knowledge and skills enabling advanced learning, ability to create new ideas & translate them into practical applications. General capabilities that underpin flexible thinking, a capacity to work with others, an ability to move across subject disciplines

22 Learning from Overseas Success: Finland Report takes note of the success of curriculum reform in Finland –Moved to national standards –Core content specification –Flexibility for schools in timing and methods

23 Other developments overseas: UK The UK Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) is developing a new national curriculum built around two fundamental aims: Aim 1: The school curriculum should aim to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve Aim 2: The school curriculum should aim to promote pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

24 Other developments overseas: US Six US states are considering ways of incorporating 21 st century skills into their curricula: Maine Massachusetts North Carolina South Dakota West Virginia Wisconsin

25 Summary Collaborative federalism approach to curriculum, assessment and reporting Commitment to high quality teaching and learning and the sharing of best practice A process for developing a new Declaration to succeed the Adelaide Declaration This provides an opportunity for a national dialogue about 21 st Century Curriculum building on the Future of Schooling Report


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