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Sheehan, Mark – Curriculum Matters, 2017
Learning about controversial historical issues is an essential feature of citizenship education in democratic societies, but in New Zealand, the high-autonomy national curriculum leaves it up to teachers to choose whether they engage their students with difficult questions about the past. This can place teachers in an awkward position. They do not…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Autonomy, Citizenship Education, National Curriculum
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Johnston, Michael; Hipkins, Rosemary; Sheehan, Mark – Curriculum Matters, 2017
This article explores the effect of high-stakes assessment on the representation of epistemic knowledge in the enacted curriculum--that is, the curriculum experienced by students in the classroom. Epistemic knowledge concerns the processes for constructing and evaluating theories that explain phenomena in the natural and social worlds.…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Epistemology, High Stakes Tests, Inquiry