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Rose Hipkins, Kaihautū Rangahau, Chief Researcher, New Zealand Council for Educational Research, New Zealand

The potential of 'capabilities' as a curriculum change agent

Wednesday 20 July 2022 7-8pm AEST

Rose Hipkins

What thoughts spring to mind when curriculum capabilities are mentioned? Why were they added to the curriculum? What difference, if any, have they made to the learning that your students experience? What issues and challenges come to mind as you think about how to respond to these questions? In this webinar we'll explore the range of ways these questions have, or could, be answered. I'll draw on over a decade's curriculum design experience in New Zealand (where we use the term "key competencies" in a similar way to Australia's curriculum capabilities). Using examples from practice, we'll explore a range of ways to think about how capabilities could change the curriculum. Whether they do or not is another matter and we'll look at that challenge too. How we frame them matters. I will argue that their richest potential lies in using them as "ideas to think with". I'll illustrate this by drawing on the "capabilities approach" which foregrounds issues of social justice in a wide range of research fields, including education. I hope you will be inspired to revisit curriculum design thinking in your local context, whether that be one classroom, or leading change in a whole school or discipline area. 

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