Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Restoring history to the school curriculum - A History Week Event

Speaker: Professor Stuart Macintyre
Place: RHSV, 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne
Date: Tuesday 27 October
Time: 5.15 pm tea / coffee Lecture 5.45 pm
Cost: Members free - Nonmembers $5.50

History is one of the first four subjects to be developed in the national curriculum being established by the Commonwealth and State governments. This exercise will establish history as a distinct subject from the earliest years of schooling to Year 12.

In the lecture Professor Macintyre will report on the extensive consultations, outline the likely curriculum and discuss its implications.

At present history is not taight systematically in Australian schools. Probably less than half of all students learn history in the compulsory years of schooling and far fewer in Years 11 & 12. The curriculum being developed uses a world approach and how Australian history can be taught through such an approach will be discussed.

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