ERIC Number: EJ1096181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Transnationalism in the Australian Curriculum: New Horizons or Destinations of the Past?
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v37 n3 p327-340 2016
Educationally, it is arguable that transnationalism has been primarily framed around course delivery by educational institutions within international contexts. However, it is a more complex notion, incorporating ideas such as global citizenship and intercultural understanding. Consequently, if the Australian Curriculum is the national substantiation of Australia's educational priorities, designed to prepare young Australians for a globalised future, it should reflect such transnationalist elements. This paper contends that, despite contrary impressions, the Australian Curriculum is more of a protective reinforcement of older conceptions of a "Western" community than one centred on forward-looking global principles. Its codifications dominate at the cost of acknowledging other points of reference that represent a collective transnational sensibility, and thus it embodies a lost national opportunity. Recent criticisms that the Australian Curriculum fails to adequately reflect 'Western' civilisation are ill-founded, as they ignore the strong presence of 'Western' intellectual constructs throughout the Australian Curriculum's design and content.
Descriptors: International Education, Foreign Countries, National Curriculum, Cultural Awareness, Criticism, Western Civilization, Curriculum Design, Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Citizenship, Indigenous Populations, Sustainability, Pacific Islanders, Cultural Influences, Geographic Location
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Identifiers - Location: Asia; Australia
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