ACSA principles for Australian curriculum
The Australian Curriculum Studies Association was established in 1983, providing a national forum for dialogue between those engaged in curriculum work. The purpose of the Association is to:
- provide curriculum leadership across the nation
- develop curriculum resources
- stimulate curriculum conversations
- encourage critical and reflective curriculum practices
- engage in curriculum research
Curriculum involves what is taught (knowledge, understandings, skills, values); how it is taught (pedagogy, teaching style); and how it is assessed (assessment, testing, reporting). Curriculum shapes and is shaped by social, political, economic and historical forces. It involves the selection, interpretation and implementation of culturally-based knowledge, skills, values and beliefs.
ACSA believes that curriculum should:
- be of current and enduring personal and social value
- be constructed from a balanced and explicit selection from key areas of human inquiry and endeavour
- develop deep disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning
- prepare people to be creative and effective life-long learners
- provide people with the necessary knowledge, understandings, values and skills to be active, informed and productive citizens in a democratic society
- encourage global perspectives and promote responsible, just and sustainable global citizenship
- be inclusive in recognising and representing the cultural, political and economic contribution of the range of groups in the community
- be based on cooperation and success for all learners
- be responsive to the experience of learners
- embody participatory, collective and empowering approaches to teaching and learning
- engage people in authentic tasks.
ACSA believes curriculum work should:
- be informed by political, social, economic and historical analysis
- involve explicit identification and evaluation of the values and beliefs on which it is based
- involve critical reflection
- acknowledge that individuals will experience the same learning activity in different ways
- strive to expose and eliminate inequality experienced by individuals or groups
- promote quality at the individual, school, community, system, national and global level
- be a collaborative experience, resourced to ensure active participation by teachers, other education professionals, students and parents.
This policy statement was adopted by ACSA in 2009.