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ERIC Number: EJ900740
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 102
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0272
The Place of "New Zealand" in the New Zealand History Curriculum
Sheehan, Mark
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v42 n5 p671-691 2010
The article provides a historical perspective on the debate over a New Zealand senior history curriculum that emerged in the 1980s and has remained largely intact over the subsequent 20 years. While the contested nature of history education is an international phenomenon, New Zealand stands apart: there school history is largely Eurocentric in orientation, narrowly topic-based, and few students engage with significant and controversial aspects of the national past. This avoids the "history wars" of the international arena by not requiring students either to focus on contested features of New Zealand history or to include a local perspective on international events. An historical perspective on history education is timely. In 2010 a non-prescriptive, competency-based curriculum with a citizenship focus and influenced by the ideas of the "knowledge society" is being implemented in New Zealand. This has significant implications for history education. (Contains 32 notes and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand