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2007 OCTOBER 11

Guide to the Teaching of Australian History in Years 9 and 10

Prime minister John Howard announces the completetion of the "Guide to the Teaching of Australian History in Years 9 and 10" developed by the Australian History Curriculum Reference Group.The Guide aims to provide the rationale and objectives for the study of Australian history in Years 9 and 10 as a separate subject in schools across Australia.

It outlines:

• the skills students should acquire through this study;

• a programme of study built around a series of Topics and key Milestones which inform a chronological approach; and

• a range of historical perspectives to provide a context for these Topics and to help students to pursue in-depth studies.

The Guide does not specify required outcomes and related assessment techniques, nor does it offer a guide to teaching resources. Consideration of outcomes, assessment techniques, and detailed curriculum and associated resources required to support the programme, will be the next priority in developing a national curriculum in Australian history.

The Guide will inform the development of core curricula standards for Australian history in Year 10 being progressed through the Realising Our Potential – core curricula standards initiative.

Click here to view the "Guide to Teaching Australian History"

Click here to read John Howard's press realase

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