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ERIC Number: EJ791681
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
The "Remembrance of Things Past" in an Age of Competition for School Time: History in Western Australia's Primary Schools and in Other Realms of the Anglosphere
Dupuy, Mark
History Teacher, v40 n4 p521-536 Aug 2007
During Australia Day 2006, the Australian Prime Minister implicitly expressed that good Australian citizenship is interrelated with the proper knowledge of history. He also discussed how important dates in history often go unaddressed in most classrooms. Howard's comments serve as a useful introduction to a general discussion of the process of curriculum reform, the journey towards "national curricula," and the expectations of the discipline of history and historians within these broader trends. These three are far more interrelated than ever before, particularly in politically federated countries like Australia and the United States. Although the primary focus of this article will be on recent curricular changes in the state of Western Australia, and on a survey of how local teachers have implemented those changes with regards to the field of history, that information will be contextualized with studies involving similar trends in other countries, particularly in the United Kingdom and the United States. In this article, the author argues that the teaching of history should begin in some form in the primary schools and continue to be taught in subsequent grades. The author also discusses the various threats to that ideal, some with deep roots in the past, and some looming in the present. (Contains 44 endnotes.)
Society for History Education. California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840-1601. Tel: 562-985-2573; Fax: 562-985-5431; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom; United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001