The feasibility of implementing cross-curricular studies of Asia

Cloonan, Anne 2015, The feasibility of implementing cross-curricular studies of Asia. In Halse, Christine (ed), Asia literate schooling in the Asian century, Routledge, London, Eng., pp.133-150.

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Title The feasibility of implementing cross-curricular studies of Asia
Author(s) Cloonan, AnneORCID iD for Cloonan, Anne
Title of book Asia literate schooling in the Asian century
Editor(s) Halse, Christine
Publication date 2015
Series Schools and schooling in Asia
Chapter number 9
Total chapters 13
Start page 133
End page 150
Total pages 18
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication London, Eng.
Keyword(s) cross-curricular studies of Asia
integrated studies of Asia
teaching studies of Asia
Summary The prioritising and mandating of cross-curricular studies of Asia in the Australian curriculum reflects public policy promoting the benefits of a citizenry able to engage in intercultural relationships with people living in and with links to Asian countries. However, widespread school-based implementation of this substantial mandate requires the addressing of several impediments. Firstly, teachers perceive themselves to be unprepared to respond to the mandate to incorporate teaching of Asia-related studies; and secondly, cross-curricular pedagogies are under-theorised, with a proliferation of forms, nomenclature and interpretations evident. Far from being singular, easily understood and widely accepted, cross-curricula approaches can be mapped as a continuum of possible pedagogies; from teachers remaining within their disciplinary areas to fully integrated, whole school, inquiry based approaches that cut across subject silos. Clarity about these pedagogies and their contextual affordances and teacher confidence in engaging students in studies of Asia are required for the profession to respond positively. This chapter explores theoretical literature on cross-curricular teaching approaches; analyses teacher perceptions of their preparedness and capacities for teaching studies of Asia; and investigates an exemplary teacher’s implementation of studies of Asia in light of theorisations of cross curricularity.
ISBN 9780415738538
Language eng
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio Economic Objective 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2015, Christine Halse
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