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Engaging diverse voices across sites of curriculum making in Australia: realities and possibilities

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posted on 2024-06-03, 03:39 authored by Kerri GarrardKerri Garrard, Rebecca CairnsRebecca Cairns, M Wienmann, Shelley HanniganShelley Hannigan, Fiona PhillipsFiona Phillips
AbstractResearch to date has pointed out that during periods of curriculum reform, public debate gets politicised resulting in an over-emphasis on top-down approaches to curriculum making. As a group of curriculum inquiry researchers, we are concerned that teachers, students, school leaders and community organisations are often side-lined as integral curriculum actors in curriculum making processes. This paper challenges top-down, discipline-siloed conceptualisations of curriculum making by bringing together three separate curriculum projects, as illustrations, for the purpose of rendering diverse articulations of curriculum as a social process. We apply Priestley et al.’s (Priestley et al., Curriculum making in Europe: Policy and practice within and across diverse contexts, Emerald Publishing Limited, 2021) sites of curriculum making as a conceptual frame, to articulate the diversity of curriculum making activities, curriculum actors and sites of curriculum making in primary and secondary settings. The three illustrations include examining how teachers and students participate in curriculum making about Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia at macro and meso sites; how listening to secondary students as curriculum actors allows them to contribute to shaping school History beyond the nano sites of the classroom and how community and arts-based approaches empower primary students to engage in nano curriculum making (e.g. Hannigan & Kelly, Hannigan and Kelly, Lin et al. Sinner et al. Irwin (eds), Community arts education: Transversal global perspectives, Intellect, 2023). By engaging a collaborative approach that uses illustrations to draw a complementary transdisciplinary picture of the realities and possibilities of curriculum making across different sites, this paper makes a novel methodological contribution to the field of curriculum inquiry.

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Journal

Australian Educational Researcher

Pagination

1-17

Location

Berlin, Germany

ISSN

0311-6999

eISSN

2210-5328

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Publisher

Springer Verlag

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