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Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject will require class members to collate and analyse a folio of curriculum issues drawn from current affairs. Some contexts and issues discussed include: what knowledge is most worthwhile in the modern world and how it can be encapsulated in curricula; global, national and local demands on the knowledge, skills, values and beliefs in curricula in different types of educational contexts; Topics include: contextual influences: conflicting pressures of societal, organisational and individual needs on curricula; models, theories, plans and resource frameworks used by curriculum planners; Overview of the VELS, VCE and VCAL curriculum frameworks; an introduction to everyday practices for planning, implementing, assessing and revising curricula.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorMichael Brown

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAustralia's curriculum dilemmas: state cultures and the big issues,RecommendedYates, L., Collins, C. and O'Connor, K., (2011)MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsCurriculum construction,RecommendedBrady, L. and Kennedy, K., (2010)4TH EDN, PEARSON
ReadingsKey concepts for understanding curriculum,RecommendedMarsh, C., (2010)4TH EDN, ROUTLEDGE
ReadingsTraining in Australia,RecommendedTovey, M. and Lawlor, D. (2008)3RD EDN, PEARSON EDUCATION

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and interpret the value of knowledge in contemporary society, and describe its relationship to curricula.

Workshop sessions on: defining curriculum, curriculum models and conceptions, roles and responsibilities, student centred learning, problem based approaches.

02. Identify and discuss global and local demands on knowledge, skills and values in educational contexts relevant to teaching experiences.

Group based workshops defining and discussing concepts of social realism and knowledge relationships. Discussion on contemporary educational settings (including VET, VCAL and school-based scenarios)

03. Balance conflicting or competing needs of society, the economy and the environment.

Student presentations and peer review re curriculum in local and global contexts (including strategic and operational levels of curriculum development and design)

04. Construct and sequence curriculum components and resources to suit the needs of a variety of learners.

Workshop activities extending session planning formats into curriculum development - including sequencing learning activities and prioritising learner needs.

05. Analyse, develop and articulate conceptions of curriculum; including their purposefulness for learners and society.

Reviews of curriculum models and student-led discussions on individual conceptions of curriculum - focussed on the needs of learners in the 21st century.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Week 30-39, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDamon Cartledge

Class requirements

Lecture/WorkshopWeek: 30 - 39
Six 7.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekends during the day from week 30 to week 39 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One 3000-word assignment - Conceptions of Curriculum4501, 05
Folio of curriculum issues (2750-words equivalent) - as detailed in SLG3501, 02, 03
Presentation - inc. involvement in peer review (1250-words equivalent)2002, 04