PUBLIC TALK: Australia's National Curriculum: A jump to the left and a jump to the right?
|Australia's National Curriculum: A jump to the left and a jump to the right?
The Institute of Advanced Studies is pleased to announce a new series for 2014. ‘On the Edge’ will provide lectures, forums and debates on a variety of topics. This inaugural ‘On the Edge’ lecture will be given by Emeritus Professor Bill Louden.
The review of the national curriculum looks like another round of the long-running left-right curriculum wars. In this talk Bill Louden will provide a personal view of the strengths and weaknesses of Australia’s national curriculum. How fair are the criticisms of left-wing bias and how hard would that be to fix? How important is it to have a national curriculum in a federation, anyway? And how does it compare with the curriculum in countries that beat Australia in international league tables?
Bill Louden is a curriculum warrior from way back. He has worked as a curriculum writer in English in the 1980s and as a curriculum studies academic in the 1990s. As Chair of the Curriculum Council he presided over the end of outcomes-based education in WA in the late 2000s, and from 2008 to 2012 he was a board member of the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority – the body that developed the national curriculum. He is currently an Emeritus Professor of Education at The University of Western Australia, where he has also served as Dean of Education and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
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