Civics and citizenship education in the national history curriculum : conducting the same music or rehearsing an incomplete tune?
Author(s)Henderson, Deborah J.
Keywords130200 CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY
130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics Business and Management)
130300 SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION
national history curriculum
Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE)
pre-service teacher education
civics and citizenship
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AbstractThis paper raises some questions about teaching and teacher education in the social sciences in response to the decision to implement a national curriculum in Australia. In particular, it contends that the decision to focus on discipline-specific knowledge in the social sciences will not necessarily meet the hopes of the Melbourne Declaration and deliver a 21st century curriculum that prepares students for the future. In doing so, it suggests that social educators need to engage with the broader discourse and political context shaping the push for curriculum reform in Australia and makes reference to the marginalisation of civics and citizenship education in the latest draft of the Australian curriculum: History.