Teachers' cultural maps: Asia as a "tricky sort of subject matter" in curriculum inquiry

Salter, Peta (2014) Teachers' cultural maps: Asia as a "tricky sort of subject matter" in curriculum inquiry. Curriculum Inquiry, 44 (2). pp. 204-227.

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The refocussing of Australia–Asia relations is manifest in a combination of national policy moves in Australia. Parallel shifts have been made in Europe, the United States, Canada and New Zealand. In Australia, the curricular response to this shift has become known as "Asia literacy." This study is drawn from a wider project that explores representations of Asia literacy in both espoused and enacted policy. Teachers in this study are welcoming of Asia literacy, however lack confidence in their ability to engage with it as "tricky sort of subject matter" that requires significant theoretical work to "know Asia," and "Asian culture" in an "authentic" way. A seemingly insurmountable barrier is created by assumptions that knowledge of Asia can be discretely inserted into curriculum. Critical reflection on residual imperial notions that are evident in such assumptions can in turn open new possibilities to theorise curricular responses to Asia literacy.

Item ID: 32387
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1467-873X
Keywords: Asia literacy
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2014 06:08
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development @ 30%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education @ 70%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 70%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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