JUNE RESEARCH SEMINAR
11:00AM-11:30AM 26 JUNE 2017
LEVEL 8, NEXUS BUILDING, 10 PULTENEY STREET, SMaRTe ROOM, SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
STUDENT RESPONSES TO THE AUSTRALIAN HISTORY CURRICULUM
MS CLAIRE BLOOR
ABSTRACT: Since 2011 there have been changes in history education in Foundation to Year 10. With the move to the Australian Curriculum, history as a subject briefly gained national attention in the media as one of the first subjects released under the new curriculum. However, while the Australia Curriculum was promoted as a national curriculum, implementation has been left in the hands of state governments, meaning that some variation has emerged in the approaches to history education in each state and territory. With the change to the Australian Curriculum the views of parents, teachers and students on history education are important for understanding how history as a school subject is seen by those who are most affected by the change and its overall importance in the school curriculum. The comments of parents, teachers, and students in three Australian states, each with a different approach to implementing the Australian Curriculum: History, were collected in 2016 as part of a project looking at the perspectives of key stakeholders. This presentation will discuss the views of the Year 9 and 10 students who participated in focus group discussions about the current Australian History Curriculum, that took place in 9 schools, 6 in South Australia, 3 in Western Australia and one in Victoria. The analysis of the focus group data which were recorded and transcribed highlighted these themes: the students’ views on the history they learn about in school, the topics they regard as important, and their opinions on a national approach to the History Curriculum.
BIOGRAPHY: Claire is a PhD Candidate at The University of Adelaide. Claire’s research is on the perception of key stakeholders on the Australian Curriculum: History. Past qualifications include Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Teaching awarded in 2012 along with Honours in History in 2011 from The University of Adelaide. She has previously taught at a small area school in South Australia.