Are you a citizenship educator working in schools or in galleries, libraries or museums? Do you have an interest in teaching young people to become active and informed members of their community? If that’s the case, we would love to hear from you.
Dr Keith Heggart (from UTS) is undertaking research into the beliefs and practices of educators around Australia in schools and also in other sectors. He is interested in talking about good - and bad - examples of civics and citizenship education.
If this sounds like something you are interested in, he would like to talk to you. You can find out more information here: https://forms.office.com/r/8zS9t8x5xi
Recently, SCEAA members Keith Heggart, Peter Brett and Sophie Fenton published a response to claims made by the Federal Education Minister, Alan Tudge, about History and Civics and Citizenship. It begins:
The Federal Minister for Education Alan Tudge says the draft History and Civics and Citizenship curriculum is not up to scratch. According to a letter seen by The Australian newspaper, Minister Tudge has suggested that the draft curriculum ‘diminishes Australia’s western, liberal and democratic values’. According to Tudge, the curriculum provides a negative view about western civilisation placing emphasis on ‘slavery, imperialism and colonisation’.
He’s not happy with any of Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority’s (ACARA) draft curriculum but history came in for a belting.
Tudge also suggested that there has been an effort to remove or reframe historical events, emphasising ‘invasion theory’ over Australia Day. In addition, he is also concerned that Anzac Day is presented as ‘a contested idea, rather than the most sacred of all days’.
His comments are of particular concern to the Social and Citizenship Education Association of Australia (SCEAA).
You can read the rest of the blog here.
Professor Ian Davies has written a generous review of SCEAA member Keith Heggart's book Activist Citizenship Education. He writes,
Congratulations to SCEAA Member Karena Menzie-Ballantyne, who published an article in the Australian Journal of Environmental Education recently.
Cultural Infusion is partnering with UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, on a Review of Australian Educational Policy and Curricula for Intercultural Understanding, one of the seven general capabilities of the F-10 Curriculum in Australia. The project supports the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals aimed at ending extreme poverty, reducing inequality, and protecting the planet by 2030.
In particular, Target 4.7 promotes the knowledge and skills needed for global citizenship, appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.
Teachers who complete the survey will be eligible for a 15% discount on their next Cultural Infusion incursion and will receive access to the literature review.
Register now for a free short course to enhance teacher capacity in implementing Victorian Curriculum Civics and Citizenship Levels 3–10. We are pleased to be conducting the course in collaboration with Monash University and Australian Catholic University.
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