Journal article

The Absence of Knowledge in Australian Curriculum Reforms

Lyn Yates, Cherry Collins

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION | WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC | Published : 2010

Abstract

This article draws on a study of Australian curriculum shifts between 1975 and 2005 to take up two themes of this special issue: the question about what conceptions of knowledge are now at work; and the consideration of global influences and national specificities in the reformulations of curriculum. It discusses two important approaches to curriculum in Australia in recent times, the 'Statements and Profiles' activity of the early 1990s, and the 'Essential Learnings' formulations of the past decade. The global tendencies we see at work in these two major approaches are, first, an increasing emphasis on externally managing and auditing student progress as a key driver of how curriculum polic..

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