Teaching and Learning History in Primary Schools: Pedagogical Shifts, Complexities and Opportunities
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From 2011 the teaching and learning of History will be expanded into all primary schools (Kindergarten - Year 6) throughout Australia under a National Curriculum, including the formal preschool/kindergarten year. History as one of four core subjects will replace current studies of society and environment curriculum taught in primary schools across. The curriculum implementation process will involve a cultural and pedagogical shift as primary teachers make adjustments to the discipline of History. This article begins with an outline of the current curriculum context. An analysis of the New South Wales Human Society and Its Environment and the Australian Curriculum: History Draft Consultation documents follows. The findings indicate that the History Draft Consultation lacks clear guidance for teachers and has a number of shortcomings compared to the NSW HSIE syllabus. There are opportunities, however, for primary teachers because of the broad similarities of content knowledge in both documents and the embedded historical concepts in the NSW syllabus document.
The International Journal of Learning
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Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics, Business and Management)