Overview of the key proposed revisions
- The ICT capability has been renamed Digital Literacy to align with international developments and the findings of recent national reports.
- The description of each general capability and its learning continuum has been revised to refine the language and improve the clarity for teachers, update the developmental progression and ensure that the understandings, skills and dispositions are current and relevant for Australian students.
- Each general capability has been embedded in the content descriptions of learning area curricula where that learning is essential – for example, Digital Literacy in the content of the Digital Technologies curriculum; Personal and Social capability in Health and Physical Education; Critical and Creative Thinking in The Arts.
- The content elaborations in all learning areas have been significantly revised and improved to ensure they only include authentic illustrations of how the general capabilities can support the teaching and learning of the learning area content.
Australian Curriculum Review – the process
ACARA looked at the latest research and worked with experts in each capability to identify opportunities for updating. An analysis of the learning continuum for each was undertaken to ensure it still reflected current research and that the current descriptions were aligned across levels and within sub elements.
Evidence and information gathered in this process was used to refine and propose revisions to the continua for consultation and feedback through ACARA’s reference groups and advisory groups.