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Active citizenship in a global world: opportunities in the Australian Curriculum

  • Ruth ReynoldsEmail author
  • Suzanne Macqueen
  • Kate Ferguson-Patrick
Research article

Abstract

The Australian Curriculum (ACARA 2017) was born out of the Melbourne Declaration of 2008 which urged the need to teach ‘active and informed’ citizens. However, in the primary school area of the curriculum, examples of active citizenship, and especially active citizenship in a global world, are not easily found. This article exposes some of the complexities of espousing active global citizenship, and then interrogates the primary school Australian Curriculum documents in Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS), English, and Science to find instances of guidance for teachers in promoting these ideas. It was found that learning ‘about’ active citizenship was an opportunity explored in the curriculum documents much more often than learning ‘to be’ active citizens. If our younger citizens are indeed seen as requiring an active globally oriented citizenship education in our schools, surely our key curriculum documents should lead this focus by providing real opportunities for teachers to engage in it.

Keywords

Active citizenship Australian Curriculum Citizenship Intercultural competence 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationThe University of NewcastlePort MacquarieAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationThe University of NewcastleNewcastleAustralia

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