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ERIC Number: EJ894027
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0155-2147
Lessons for Australia? Learning from England's Curriculum "Black Box"
Thomson, Pat
English in Australia, v43 n3 p13-20 2008
While all comparisons are difficult, a consideration of the English national curriculum may offer some insights about the Australian version. In this paper, I suggest that there are some important similarities between the two approaches. I query the stated purposes of the Australian national curriculum and its adoption of a notion of equity which equates to the distribution of learning outputs. I argue that this distributive approach fundamental to the English national curriculum, has been used as part of a quality management policy approach which demonises some schools and teachers deemed to be "failing". I suggest that the moves of Minister Gillard to endorse forms of league tables and testing indicate that a national curriculum in Australia might, as is the case in England, be a vehicle for other less attractive policy agendas. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom (England)