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:
- what are the hopes for the ‘new curriculum’?
- what are the various reasons that underpin such hopes?
- how are such hopes influencing curriculum development and pedagogy?
- how can the individual teacher respond at classroom planning level?
I attempt to answer them in the following essay: