Teaching and learning history in primary schools : pedagogical shifts, complexities and opportunities

Green, Nicole C., Reitano, Paul and Dixon, Mary 2010, Teaching and learning history in primary schools : pedagogical shifts, complexities and opportunities, International journal of learning, vol. 17, no. 8, pp. 307-320.

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Title Teaching and learning history in primary schools : pedagogical shifts, complexities and opportunities
Author(s) Green, Nicole C.
Reitano, Paul
Dixon, MaryORCID iD for Dixon, Mary orcid.org/0000-0001-7736-9541
Journal name International journal of learning
Volume number 17
Issue number 8
Start page 307
End page 320
Total pages 15
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Place of publication Altona, Vic.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1447-9494
Keyword(s) history
primary education
pedagogical strategies
discipline knowledge
curriculum implementation
Summary 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management)
Socio Economic Objective 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Common Ground
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