Digital Cultures and a New Curriculum

The ‘official curriculum’ is central in shaping the work we do as teachers.  Presently ‘official curriculum’ in Australia is undergoing a significant ‘makeover’ in an attempt to create an approach to education that can respond to what scholars refer to as ‘new times’ (Yates & Collins, 2010).   The hopes for a ‘curriculum for the 21st century’ are inextricably linked to governmental economic and social imperatives.   Following this then, questions are raised in relation to:

  1. what are the hopes for the ‘new curriculum’?
  2. what are the various reasons that underpin such hopes?
  3. how are such hopes influencing curriculum development and pedagogy? 
  4. how can the individual teacher respond at classroom planning level?

I attempt to answer them in the following essay:


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