Overview of the key proposed revisions
- Cross-curriculum priorities have been explicitly and purposefully included in the revisions to content descriptions and elaborations in all learning areas.
- Some learning areas explicitly develop student understanding of one or more of the organising ideas from each cross-curriculum priority through their content descriptions. For example:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures in History and The Arts
- Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia in the Humanities and Social Sciences and Languages
- Sustainability in Geography, Science and Technologies.
- Content elaborations have been revised in all learning areas to ensure they only include authentic illustrations of how the cross-curriculum priorities can support the teaching and learning of the learning area content.
Australian Curriculum Review – the process
The review of each cross-curriculum priority involved a review of current research, mapping and analysis of the current curriculum, and collaboration with key experts and organisations. Evidence and information gathered in this process was used to refine and propose revisions to the organising ideas for each priority for consultation and feedback through ACARA’s reference groups and advisory groups.
In particular, ACARA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Advisory Group led the review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures priority. We collaborated closely with the Asia Education Foundation (AEF) to draft revisions to the priority on Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia. We worked with groups such as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Australian Association for Environmental Education and the Australian Science Teachers’ Association on revisions to the Sustainability priority.