Negotiating the teaching of history in times of curriculum reform: the narrative accounts of four Australian primary teachers

Reitano, Paul, and Winter, Satine (2017) Negotiating the teaching of history in times of curriculum reform: the narrative accounts of four Australian primary teachers. The Curriculum Journal, 28 (3). 7. pp. 403-420.

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Abstract

This research investigates the understandings of four teachers who teach history in primary and early childhood settings. Data were gathered from participants through semi-structured interviews. The participants were experienced teachers who were in the process of curriculum change – from teachers of studies of society and environment to teachers of history, under the auspices of the Australian Curriculum: History. The focus of the study was on their understandings of content knowledge and the pedagogies involved in classroom teaching, using a pedagogical framework, which sought to identify and categorise the nature of their knowledge base in the implementation phase of the Australian Curriculum: History. The study used narrative inquiry to show how temporality, sociality, and place play out in the lives of these teachers of history. The findings from this study indicate the challenges and opportunities for teachers’ professional knowledge landscapes in times of curriculum reform. Whilst there are a small number of participants in this study, their stories provide insight into how teachers responded to the challenges and opportunities of teaching history and how these teachers have shaped the implementation of the history curriculum.

Item ID: 59141
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1469-3704
Keywords: content knowledge, history, narrative inquiry, pedagogical content knowledge, professional knowledge landscape
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC Linkage Grant LP110100287
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2019 02:05
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 70%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development @ 30%
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