Can history succeed at school? Problems of knowledge in the Australian history curriculum

Gilbert, Rob (2011) Can history succeed at school? Problems of knowledge in the Australian history curriculum. Australian Journal of Education, 55 3: 245-258. doi:10.1177/000494411105500306


Author Gilbert, Rob
Title Can history succeed at school? Problems of knowledge in the Australian history curriculum
Journal name Australian Journal of Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9441
2050-5884
Publication date 2011-12
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1177/000494411105500306
Open Access Status
Volume 55
Issue 3
Start page 245
End page 258
Total pages 14
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract Successful curriculum development in any school subject requires a clear and established set of elements: agreed and widely appreciated goals; effective criteria for the selection of important knowledge content; and an explicit and well-integrated explanatory base for authentic problem-solving related to the subject goals. The article shows that the history discipline faces particular challenges in meeting these requirements. The diversity of approaches to history complicates the task of establishing consensus around a clear set of goals. Its association in popular discourse with facts and narrative predisposes history to a descriptive approach, and is not helpful in clarifying the foundational ideas on which historical explanation is based. The article considers each of these issues and the extent to which they are resolved in the development of the Australian history curriculum. It concludes that these issues remain a challenge that could put at risk high-quality curriculum outcomes in history.
Keyword Core curriculum
Curriculum
Educational objectives
History
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Education Publications
 
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