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Maude, Alaric – Geographical Education, 2022
The article offers a critique of the Knowledge and Understanding sub-strand of the revised Australian Curriculum: Geography for Years F-6, due to be implemented in Australian schools in 2024. As a foundation for this critique, the article first discusses what should be the aims of geography in primary schools, in order to provide some criteria for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Curriculum, Elementary School Curriculum, Geography
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Henderson, Deborah – Geographical Education, 2020
Three decades ago, Stephen Kemmis (1990) argued that curricula provide insights into how nations and states interpret themselves and how they want to be interpreted. He also noted that 'debates about curriculum reveal fundamental concerns, uncertainties and tensions which preoccupy nations and states as they struggle to adapt to changing…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Approach, Barriers, Geography Instruction
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Salter, Peta; Maxwell, Jacinta – Geographical Education, 2020
The three-dimensional design of the Australian Curriculum includes the cross-curriculum priorities (CCPs), learning areas and general capabilities (GCs). Geography teachers are uniquely positioned to address the CCPs through the subject's disciplinary focus on interrelationships between physical features of the earth with individual, social and…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, National Curriculum, Intellectual Disciplines, Elementary Secondary Education
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Hill, Allen; Emery, Sherridan; Dyment, Janet – Geographical Education, 2020
The introduction of the Australian Curriculum in 2011 and 2012 brought with it a variety of responses, from consternation from some states less willing to give up their autonomous curriculum positioning through to significant optimism from educators and academics about the opportunities and benefits afforded by such a national curriculum…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Educational Benefits, Teacher Attitudes, College Faculty
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Mills, Reece; Tomas, Louisa – Geographical Education, 2020
Sustainability is an important cross-curriculum priority in Australian education that is not commonly realised in schools and classrooms. In this article, we discuss the challenges and opportunities to enacting sustainability, suggesting that both top-down (systemic schoolwide leadership and support) and bottom-up (individual educator's…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Sustainability, Geography Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Caldis, Susan; Kleeman, Grant – Geographical Education, 2019
One of the questions being asked in schools is the extent to which Geography can be considered a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subject. While such a question might be driven by those strategic opportunists seeking to elevate the status of the subject within the school's curriculum, or as a means of leveraging an increase…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, STEM Education, Educational Objectives, Definitions
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Maude, Alaric; Caldis, Susan – Geographical Education, 2019
The article outlines ways that teachers could use the content in Biomes and Food Security unit in the Australian curriculum, and its state and territory versions, to encourage their students to engage with higher order thinking. It first briefly discusses how to describe and classify higher-order thinking and argues that concepts are central to…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Units of Study
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Carey, Rachel; Sheridan, Jen – Geographical Education, 2017
Australia's major state capitals are surrounded by highly productive food bowls, which are an important source of fresh foods for their growing populations. These food producing biomes are a rich resource for investigating key themes related to Biomes and food security, one of two Year 9 units of study in the Australian Curriculum: Geography. This…
Descriptors: Food, Security (Psychology), Units of Study, Secondary School Students
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Preston, Lou – Geographical Education, 2015
The idea for this paper emerged from a recent qualitative investigation which examined the ways in which six Australian primary teachers conceptualised geography and geography teaching (Preston, 2014b). A finding of this research was a strong correlation between the breadth of geographical understandings and the years of experience and age of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Place Based Education, Primary Education, Geography Instruction
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Maude, Alaric – Geographical Education, 2015
The concept of powerful knowledge was introduced into educational debates nearly a decade ago by Michael Young, a British sociologist of education. Young describes powerful knowledge as knowledge that enables young people to go beyond the limits of their own experience; better explain and understand the world; think about alternative futures and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Geography Instruction, National Curriculum, Knowledge Level
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Maude, Alaric – Geographical Education, 2014
"Sustainability" is one of the seven major concepts in the geography curriculum. It is also one of the three cross-curriculum priorities in the Australian curriculum, together with Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. This paper describes how the concept is explained…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Geography, Geography Instruction, National Curriculum
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Lambert, David – Geographical Education, 2013
This paper is partly based on a lecture given at the AGTA conference in Perth in January 2013. It argues for a progressive subject based curriculum in which geography plays an essential part. This is based on an analysis of why and how subjects like geography, as part of the humanities, have been undermined and diminished in recent times. In a way…
Descriptors: Geography, Geography Instruction, Conferences (Gatherings), Curriculum Design
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Catling, Simon – Geographical Education, 2013
This article provides an insight into the development of primary geography since the inception of the national curriculum in England in the late 1980s. It is hoped this is informative as the "Australian Curriculum: Geography Foundation to Year 12" is introduced to and implemented in primary schools. It draws out various matters which…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Geography, Geography Instruction, Elementary School Students
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Purnell, Ken – Geographical Education, 2013
The introduction of Geography as a compulsory learning area from Foundation year, such as Kindergarten, to Year 8 in Australia provides new opportunities for learning and teaching. Opportunities, in part, will be driven by challenges associated with the introduction of this learning area. Key challenges are about variability: in take-up of the…
Descriptors: Geography, Geography Instruction, National Curriculum, Foreign Countries