Recent ACSA Publications

The Australian Curriculum: Promises, problems and possibilities
Edited by Alan Reid and Deborah Price 2018

Item no: C11
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In the last decade, Australia has been in the process of implementing a national curriculum. The move from state-based control to a national approach marks a dramatic shift in the Australian education system, and so raises a number of significant questions: Why and how did this happen? What were the debates, disputes and processes that led to the current version of what is called the Australian Curriculum? To what extent does it meet the future needs of Australian society? Is it a national curriculum, or do the states and territories still really retain control? What might happen from here? What should happen from here?

The book will assist people to understand and analyse the debates and tensions around aspects of the architecture of the Australian Curriculum, how these played out, and how the outcomes of these debates are represented in the Australian Curriculum. It will be of interest to a wide range of academics, pre-service teachers, school-based educators, policy makers and interested members of the public.

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Philosophical and ethical inquiry for students in the middle years and beyond
Sarah Davey Chesters, Liz Fynes-Clinton, Lynne Hinton, Rosie Scholl 2013

Item no: B30
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This book seeks to broaden teachers' understanding of stimulus for philosophical inquiry, and suggests a variety of easily accessible stimulus materials appropriate across disciplines. Students and teachers are able to unleash their ability to question, to satisfy their thirst for meaning and understanding, to explore possibilities with others and to test their own thinking within a supportive community. Engaging in philosophy sessions enables teachers and students to explore the curriculum and life beyond the schoolyard in depth, through learning to think in a critical, creative and caring way. This form of learning will assist them to understand and make sense of their lives.

Philosophy with young children - a classroom handbook
Philip Cam, Liz Fynes-Clinton, Kathlyn Harrison, Lynne Hinton, Rosie Scholl, Simon Vaseo, 2007

Item no: B20
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Imagining, wondering, reflecting, questioning, talking and speculating - philosophy with children is exciting, surprising and challenging.

Philosophy with Young Children - a classroom handbook is a handbook for teachers of early primary. The handbook is designed to assist teachers in the teaching of philosophy, and in developing skills of inquiry and reasoning in their students, utilising story books.

The handbook focuses on twelve stories and includes activities relating to each story. For each story the handbook details the area of philosophy emphasised, philosophical themes to be covered, and activities based on eliciting good questions, exploring concepts and developing reasoning skills.

To assist teachers with planning and curriculum design, two indexes are also included in the handbook - one according to themes and one according to skills. This practical handbook will assist teachers to explore philosophy in the classroom with their students - enabling students to consider issues, to ask questions, to discuss ideas and to gain further insights into their lives, and the lives of others.

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The Australian Curriculum: Observations of a journey
Edited by Colin Marsh, 2012

Item no: B29
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The collection of papers in this volume provides an up-to-date analysis of what has been developed so far by ACARA with regard to the phase 1 learning areas and also general capabilities. These papers were first published in Point and Counterpoints in Curriculum Perspectives over the last two years. The authors, all specialists in their respective areas, provided various perspectives about the successes or otherwise of the phase 1 learning areas. In total these papers represent extremely valuable ideas and arguments about what has been achieved to date with the Australian curriculum.

Crossing Borders: African refugees, teachers and schools
Tania Ferfolja, Margaret H. Vickers, Florence McCarthy, Loshini Naidoo, Eric Brace, 2011

Item no: B28
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One of the measures of a just society is the way in which it deals with its most vulnerable people. There are few more vulnerable than refugees, and among the most vulnerable of refugees are young people from Africa. Schools and teachers are at the front line of resettlement of refugee families.
Crossing Borders sets out to inform and clarify issues in relation to the education of African students, and explore some of the ways through which education systems, schools and teachers have developed effective strategies and approaches to meet the needs of their African students.

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Curriculum over 30 Years: What have we achieved?
Colin Marsh, 2010

Item no: B27            
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Since 1980 educators passionate about curriculum matters in Australia have written about these topics and have had their papers published in Curriculum Perspectives, the first national academic journal in curriculum.

An examination of the 30 papers included in this volume reveal that some of the issues dealing with core/national curriculum and equity keep re-appearing as various solutions are proposed and then subsequently not implemented due to various political/administrative  reasons.

The editor, ably assisted by many well respected editorial board members over the years, have striven to produce an academic journal for ACSA which maintains a high level of scholarship and curriculum analysis. Curriculum Perspectives is now recognised nationally and internationally as one of the top journals in curriculum.

Connecting Lives and Learning - renewing pedagogy in the middle years
Edited by Brenton Prosser, Bill Lucas and Alan Reid, 2010

Item no: B26       
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Connecting Lives and Learning is a project dedicated to connecting learning to student lives, connecting teachers with the latest middle years research, and better connecting primary and secondary schools to keep students at school longer. Based in

 Adelaide's lower socio-economic northern urban fringe, the project helps teachers use students' everyday experience and expertise to develop new ways of teaching and learning that involve students in intellectually challenging tasks.

This book tells the stories of real teachers, in real classrooms, making real attempts for change, and not always succeeding. It is a book about teachers making a difference in difficult times and tough places. But most importantly, this book reaffirms that being an educator is inherently about adopting socially just practices, building community capacity and contributing to a more socially sustainable world.

Gender and IT: Ongoing challenges for Computing and Information Technology education in Australian secondary schools
Edited by Julianne Lynch, 2007

Item no: B22        
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Gender and IT: Ongoing challenges for Computing and Information Technology education in Australian secondary schools brings together a diverse group of scholars to address critical questions about the decline in enrolments in computing and information technology (CIT) subjects at the school level, and the long-standing problem of the under representation of girls in CIT education. Drawing on data from three Australian states, the authors analyse current curriculum structures, pedagogical practices, school contexts and student and teacher beliefs, in order to interrogate how CIT as a curriculum area is socially constructed, and how this construction is gendered.

Going beyond questions of gender, the book contributes to our understanding more generally of a nascent discipline which holds a complex position in relation to other curriculum areas, cross-curricular initiatives, and a world outside of schools which is increasingly permeated with technology. This is an important book for teachers, curriculum designers and administrators with investments in CIT education.

Curriculum Developments in Australia: Promising initiatives, impasses and dead-ends.
Edited by Catherine Harris & Colin Marsh, 2005

Item no: B18        
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The editors of Curriculum Developments in Australia: Promising initiatives, impasses and dead-ends, Catherine Harris (Deakin University) and Colin Marsh (Curtin University), have produced a valuable collection of chapters about education policy and curriculum decision-making in Australia. The in-depth case studies derived from individual states provide powerful, evocative accounts of curriculum players at work. In addition, conceptualised models of curriculum change are derived from these case study accounts.

The book is a 'must read' for those educators, administrators and parents who want to gain new insights into the rhetoric, actions, cooperative ventures and conflicts between curriculum players at national, state and regional levels.

Learning From One Another
Bringing Muslim Perspectives into Australian Schools
by Eeqbal Hassim and Jennet Cole-Adams, National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies, Melbourne University, 2010

This resource for primary and secondary teachers offers practical advice and strategies about meeting the needs of Muslim students, and incorporating Islam and Muslim related content into the curriculum.

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