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Australian Curriculum: History

Draft Summary
(Australia) March 2010

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Common words in Rationale for Australian Curriculum: History.

Rationale
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History :

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›is a disciplined
inquiry

›is futures
oriented:
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contribute more
effectively to
creating the
future.”

›enables specific

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Rationale
›This curriculum
takes a world
history approach.

›A wide range of
contexts are

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included.

›This will enhance
students’
appreciation of
Australian History.

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Rationale / Cross Curriculum Per
The curriculum contributes to :
›students’ understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cult

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›the nation’s distinctive position in the Asia Pacific Region.
›sustainable patterns of living

These are cross curriculum


dimensions that are integral to
all subjects in the Australian

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The Australian Curriculum : History K - 10 aims to
develop in each student :

Aims
•Interest in , and enjoyment of, historical study for
lifelong learning and work, including their capacity and
willingness to be active and informed citizens

•Knowledge , understanding and appreciation of the
past and the forces that shape societies, including

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. Australian society

•Understanding and use of historical concepts,
including evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect,
significance, empathy, perspectives and contestability

•Capacity to undertake historical inquiry, including
skills in the analysis and use of sources, communication and
explanation

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Organisation of the learning ar
Australian Curriculum : History
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This subject is divided


into two interelated
strands :

›Historical knowledge and


understanding

›Historical Skills

›Historical Inquiry is
the basis for these two
strands.

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of learning
Australian Curriculum: History

Stages
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Year 11 – Year 12

Stage 4: 15 – 18 Years of Age


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The curriculum is for
each year level
K – 10
The content descriptions at each
year level include:
•Preface
•The strands: (Knowledge

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and Understanding
and Skills)
•Content Elaborations
•Achievement standard

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The curriculum is for
each year level
K – 10
The content descriptions at each
year level include:
•Preface
•The strands: (Knowledge

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and Understanding
and Skills)
•Content Elaborations
•Achievement standard

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Content description

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Skills taught
Skills: Years K - 2 Skills: Years 3 - 10

Historical questions and research Historical questions and research

Analysis and use of sources Analysis and use of sources

Comprehension and communication Perspectives and interpretations

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Comprehension and communication

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Skills acquired progress according to the stages of learning .

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Content : Kindergarten
Broad Inquiry Questions Knowledge and Understanding
Personal and Family Personal and family
stories
Stories ›Generational structure
›what is my story? ›The telling of personal
›what stories do other people histories
tell about their past? ›How families commemorate

›how are stories told?

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Skills: Years K - 2
Historical questions and research

Analysis and use of sources

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Comprehension and communication

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Content : Year 1
Broad Inquiry Questions Knowledge and Understanding
Past and Present Past and Present
›what happened and when? ›Measurements of time
›how do we measure and describe
time? ›Birthdays, celebrations, seasons
›how can we show that the past ›Differences of family structures
is different from the present? ›Changing roles of individuals
›has family life changed over and groups
time?

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Skills: Years K - 2
Historical questions and research

Analysis and use of sources

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Comprehension and communication

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Content : Year 2
Broad Inquiry Questions Knowledge and Understanding
Heritage Heritage
›why do you think the past is ›Significance of local places
important?
› ›Significant events and people in
›how can we preserve these the local community.
signs of the past?
›Importance of local communities
preserving their heritage

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Skills: Years K - 2
Historical questions and research

Analysis and use of sources

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Comprehension and communication

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Broad Inquiry Questions Knowledge and Understanding

Content : Year 3
Community and Remembrance Our Community
›Beliefs and practices of
›who lived here first? traditional owners of our country
›how has our own community ›Key changes and continuities in
changed over time? region or state
›why do we choose to remember ›The significance of an important
particular events from the heritage site or a site of
past? cultural or spiritual
significance in the local
community, region or state

We Remember

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›The significance of selected
celebrations, commemorations,
symbols and emblems
›National commemorations
›Significance of emblems and
symbols

Skills: Years 3 - 6

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Historical questions and research
Analysis and use of sources
Perspectives and interpretations
Comprehension and communication

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Broad Inquiry Questions Knowledge and Understanding

Content : Year 4
›what was life like for First Australians
Aboriginal and Torres Strait ›Diversity of cultures of A&TSI
Islander people in Australia peoples and social structures
before the arrival of the ›The Dreaming
Europeans? ›Contributions of A&TSI peoples
to the nation
›who were the early ›
navigators and explorers of
the Australian continent and Early Contacts
what were their reasons for ›Early European and Asian
these explorations? Contacts
›Navigators and explorers
›First Fleet

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›what other explorations of ›Impact of colonisation upon
this kind had taken place or A&TSI peoples
were taking place ›Aspects of daily life in the
elsewhere in the world at colony
that time?

›what was the nature of Skills: Years 3 - 6


contact between Aboriginal Historical questions and research
and Torres Strait Islander Analysis and use of sources
peoples and early explorers? Perspectives and interpretations
Comprehension and communication

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Content : Year 5
Broad Inquiry Questions Knowledge and Understanding
›what do we know about the lives Colonial Lives
of people in Australia’s past? ›Overview of development of
› colonial Australia
›how did Australian colonies ›Characteristics of convict
develop during the nineteenth settlement
century? ›Individuals or groups important
› to colonial development
›why and how did Australia become ›A key event that demonstrates a
a nation? milestone in colonial history for
Australia

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Stories of Nationhood
›Federation
›Australia’s form of government
and how representative it was at
the time
›Australia’s form of government
compared with other nations at
the time and different stories of
nationhood

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Skills: Years 3 - 6
Historical questions and research
Analysis and use of sources
Perspectives and interpretations
Comprehension and communication
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Broad Inquiry Questions Knowledge and Understanding

Content : Year 6
Australia and the world
›how did Australia’s links around Australia , The British
the turn of the 19th century to Empire and Asia
Britain and the Asia-Pacific ›Significance of Australia’s
influence Australian society? British Heritage
›Australia’s links with Asia-
Pacific Region
›what significant world events ›Other countries’ perceptions of
contributed to Australia’s Australia during the early 20th
migration patterns? Century
›how has Australia evolved into a New Australians
culturally diverse society? ›The development of a culturally

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› diverse society from 19th century
›Stories of and reasons for
migration
›Contributions of migrants to
Australian life
›A migrant narrative
Skills: Years 3 - 6
Historical questions and research
Analysis and use of sources
Perspectives and interpretations
Comprehension and communication

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Broad Inquiry Questions Knowledge and Understanding

Content : Year 7
All of these topics will be undertaken
What Was the Ancient ›Depth Study: What is History?
World? ›
›what is history? ›Overview: What is the Ancient
›what are the defining
World?
characteristics of ›
societies? ›Depth Study: The Ancient
World (Egypt or Greece or
›how did people live in Rome)
other times and other ›
places? ›Depth Study: The Ancient
World (China or India or

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›who should rule in a Australasia
society?

›Depth Study: The Ancient
World (School developed study)
•May be based on previous
contexts or other contexts.
•could focus on ONE or more
of the following: a
significant event, person,
group, movement, mystery or
discovery

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Skills: Years 7 - 10
Historical questions and research
Analysis and use of sources
Perspectives and interpretations
Comprehension and communication
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Content in Depth Studie
The Ancient World: Egypt or Greece or Rome
Key Knowledge for Depth Study
of points that would have to›Abechronological
covered in account
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the significant
periods, events and people

›The economic, social and strategic importance of


the main geographical features, including
landforms and resources, and the geographic
location of the society in the broader region

›The social, military and political structures of


the society, particularly how people lived, how
they fought and how they were governed

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›Significant developments in the areas of art,
architecture, technology, thinking and literature

›The important cultural practices, beliefs,


values and customs and the impact on people’s way
of life

›The short and long term impact in and beyond


the region of the key events, ideas and people

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Broad Inquiry Questions Knowledge and Understanding

Content : Year 8
All of these topics will be undertaken
The Medieval World ›Overview: The Medieval World
›how do beliefs and values
influence people ’ s way of ›Depth Study: Medieval Europe
life? ›Depth Study: Asian Societies
›how do societies interact? ›Depth Study: Expanding
›why do societies change?
Horizons
›The Renaissance and exploration
›Depth Study: Medieval World
(School Developed Study)
›May be based on previous

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contexts or other contexts.
›could focus on ONE or more of
the following: a significant
event, person, group, movement,
mystery or discovery

Skills: Years 7 - 10
Historical questions and research

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Analysis and use of sources
Perspectives and interpretations
Comprehension and communication

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Broad Inquiry Questions Knowledge and Understanding

Content : Year 9
All of these topics will be undertaken
The Making of the Modern ›Overview: The Making of the
World and Australia Modern World and Australia
›what is progress? ›
›how are societies
›Depth Study: Technology,
influenced by global progress and social change
Industrial Revolution
changes?

›how do societies understand ›Depth Study: Asia and the


their indigenous past? Pacific World

›Depth Study: The Making of an

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Australian Nation
Australia in the 19th century
Federation

›Depth Study: The Making of
the Modern World and
Australia (School developed
study)

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Broad Inquiry Questions Knowledge and Understanding

Content : Year 10
All of these topics will be undertaken
Australia in the Modern ›Overview: Australia in the
World Modern World
›why do nations go to war and how ›
does war change a society?
›Depth Study: The Great War
›how do people struggle for and its aftermath
Gallipoli / Western Front campaigns
rights and freedoms? Anzac Legend
› Homefront
›how does a nation deal with its Returned Service people
past and attempt to shape the The effect of the Great Depression on
future? Aust.
Origins of WW2 and Aust’s role in it.

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Significance of WW2, incl. Holocaust

›Depth Study: Struggles for


Freedoms and Rights
Attempts at peacemaking gaining human
rights through organisations and
treaties.
Effects of Cold War on Human Rights.
The origins and consequences of anti-
colonial movements and civil rights
movements (one of four contexts to be
chosen)

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Case Study of individual, group,
movement and event

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Broad Inquiry Questions Knowledge and Understanding

Content : Year 10
Depth Study: Social and

All of these topics will be undertaken


Australia in the Modern
World Cultural Influences
›why do nations go to war and how The nature and type of change in
does war change a society? popular culture during this
century.
›how do people struggle for
rights and freedoms? A decade in Australia’s twentieth
› century history, compared with the
›how does a nation deal with its present, with a particular
past and attempt to shape the emphasis on the following: family,
future? work, education, health, leisure,
transport and communications.

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The impact on the Australian way
of life of ONE the following
developments:
migration
women’s liberation movements
concern for the environment
urbanisation
and ONE other significant social
development

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Each year level has an achievement
standard .

Assessment
Samples

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What is a depth study?
Definition from Australian Curriculum Website

A depth study is a closer investigation of a particular


topic, for example the study of an ancient civilisation, which
allows time for more detailed discussion. It provides
students with the opportunity to develop and apply the
concepts and skills of historical understanding to events,

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periods, people and societies of particular significance.
Depth studies commonly employ close reading of
historical texts, investigation of primary sources ,
activities (such as site and museum visits), teacher
exposition and student inquiries. It is a sustained,
concentrated and resource-rich exercise.

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Timeline for implementati
Stage 1 Implementation March – May 2010
Consultation K – 10 March – May 2010
Draft
Consultation 11- 12 April – June 2010
Draft (Victorian
Trialing 2011
Schools)
Full Implementation in 2013

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all states and territories
Stage 1 = Australian Curriculum for English, Mathematics, Science and History

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How to give feedback
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Contact HTAV
Annabel Astbury
Executive Director
HTAV

Suite 105, 134- 136 Cambridge Street


Collingwood, VIC 3066

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a.astbury@htav.asn.au

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