Teaching and Learning History in Primary Schools: Pedagogical Shifts, Complexities and Opportunities

By Nicole C. Green, Paul Reitano and Mary Dixon.

Published by The Learner Collection

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From 2011 the teaching and learning of History will be expanded into all primary schools (Kindergarten – Year 6) throughout Australia under a National Curriculum, including the formal preschool/kindergarten year. History as one of four core subjects will replace current studies of society and environment curriculum taught in primary schools across. The curriculum implementation process will involve a cultural and pedagogical shift as primary teachers make adjustments to the discipline of History. This article begins with an outline of the current curriculum context. An analysis of the New South Wales Human Society and Its Environment and the Australian Curriculum: History Draft Consultation documents follows. The findings indicate that the History Draft Consultation lacks clear guidance for teachers and has a number of shortcomings compared to the NSW HSIE syllabus. There are opportunities, however, for primary teachers because of the broad similarities of content knowledge in both documents and the embedded historical concepts in the NSW syllabus document.

Keywords: History, Primary Education, Pedagogical Strategies, Discipline Knowledge, Curriculum Implementation

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 17, Issue 8, pp.307-320. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 682.645KB).

Dr. Nicole C. Green

Senior Lecturer, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia

Nicole Green is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education in the School of Education at the University of New England, New South Wales, Australia.

Dr. Paul Reitano

Lecturer, School of Education, Faculty of the Professions, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia

Paul Reitano is a Lecturer in Secondary History and Geography methods courses and in Primary Human Society and Its Environment in the School of Education at the University of New England, New South Wales, Australia.

Assoc.Prof Mary Dixon

Deakin University, Australia

Mary Dixon is an Associate Professor and Associate Head of School (Research and Research Training) in the School of Education at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.

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