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ERIC Number: ED544526
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1324-9320
Putting History in Its Place: Grounding the Australian Curriculum--History in Local Community
Harrison, Neil
Australian Association for Research in Education (NJ1), Paper presented at the Joint Australian Association for Research in Education and Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association Conference (AARE-APERA 2012) World Education Research Association (WERA) Focal Meeting (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Dec 2-6, 2012)
This position paper develops the case for a greater focus on the teaching of local histories in the Australian Curriculum: History. It takes as its starting point an Indigenous epistemology that understands knowledge to be embedded in the land. This connection between knowledge and country is used to examine recent literature on whether the teaching of history in schools can succeed in the context of the new history curriculum. Various proposals from academics to develop a framework that can be used to select appropriate content and approaches to teaching history in Australia are explored. It questions whether a geographically dispersed and diverse body of students can ever be engaged with knowledge that is often taught far from the place of its making. The paper eschews the traditional concepts used by historians to teach and interpret history, to propose a greater focus on learning from country.
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
Identifiers - Location: Australia