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The National Education Agenda, 1996-1999 [microform] : Its Impact on Curriculum Reform in the States and Territories / Michael G. Watt
Bib ID 5667431
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Watt, Michael G
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1999 
29 p. 

This paper examines the impact of international and national influences on curriculum reform. The reforms were first manifested in the proceedings of the Forum on National Statements and Profiles in Australian Schools and arose from the work undertaken in the states and territories to implement and review curricula based on the national statements and profiles. By presenting accounts of developments in each of the states and territories between 1996 and 1999, the report examines the significance of external influences on shaping state-level policymaking in curriculum reform. The article details the New South Wales Board of Studies; the Victoria Board of Studies; the Queensland school curriculum since the 1950s; and school-reform movements in South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory, and Northern Territory. The reforms in five of the territories employed two processes: curriculum frameworks, where several groups worked in coordination, and course-based syllabuses, which involved a more disjointed process of developing syllabuses in rounds or independently. In both types, the processes of consulting the educational community through field reviews appeared to be more extensive than had occurred previously. The paper's conclusion focuses on new influences on curriculum reform and offers comments on those aspects that have been adopted and rejected. (Contains 22 references.) (RJM)


ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Australian Curriculum Studies Association (Perth, Western Australia, Australia, September 29-October 2, 1999).

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Comparative Analysis.  |  Curriculum Design.  |  Curriculum Development.  |  Curriculum Research.  |  Educational Change.  |  Elementary Secondary Education.  |  Federal Government.  |  Foreign Countries.  |  Government School Relationship.  |  Instructional Innovation.  |  National Surveys.  |  Australia
Form/genre Reports, Research.  |  Speeches/Meeting Papers.
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