ERIC Number: ED238129
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Into the 80s: Our Schools and Their Purposes.
South Australia Education Dept., Adelaide.
Complementing existing regulations, this policy statement for South Australian schools presents educational goals and priorities for the decade and general implications for classroom, curriculum, and resource allocation. Background discussion covers factors influencing recent developments in South Australian education, a summary of the role of schools in society, and some considerations for educational planning in the 1980's. Basic aims for schools involve promoting the balanced development of students' cognitive, creative, physical, social, and vocational skills, as well as healthy psychological qualities. A framework of eight curriculum areas is given for school planning: environmental education, health and personal development, human society, language studies, mathematical studies, science and technology, the arts, and transition education. Schools are encouraged to adapt curricula to local needs, but four priorities are set for planning and teaching: basic numeracy and literacy, communication skills, skills for social living, and problem-solving skills. These priorities mark a shift in emphasis away from college preparatory education and toward students' social development. Community expectations to be observed by schools and important factors in curriculum planning are reviewed. Responsibilities of teachers, the Education Department, and parents in facilitating the best possible education are listed. A final summary underscores major policy issues. (MJL)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Parent Responsibility, Public Schools, School Role, State Curriculum Guides, State Departments of Education, Teacher Responsibility
Publications, Education Department of South Australia, 31 Hinden Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - General; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: South Australia Education Dept., Adelaide.
Identifiers: Australia (South Australia)