National curriculum? A concluding note

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    A national curriculum for Australia – officially endorsed and formally realised – is still a relatively recent phenomenon. While it was mooted for over thirty years, and there were indeed various important gestures towards its establishment, it wasn’t until 2011 that it came into formal operation, as a key policy organiser in Australian school educational practice. Somewhere along the line, too, it became known as ‘The Australian Curriculum’ – an interesting move in itself, perhaps marking a concern to shift away from ‘nation’ and the ‘national’, at least as rhetoric. It is timely, then, to seek to locate this Curriculum in context, especially that of other such formal curricula across the world, and to see it in relation to how other countries have conceived and managed such developments. This is what we have attempted to do, in this symposium, with accounts of national curricula in Norway, Brazil, and Wales, as well as Australia. It is always helpful to have other perspectives on
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)205-206
    Number of pages2
    JournalCurriculum Perspectives
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Sep 2019


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