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Territory prepares for new national history curriculum

A new national history curriculum is expected to introduced throughout Australia from next year

A new national history curriculum is expected to introduced throughout Australia from next year

By Leanne Coleman

Northern Territory history teachers recently gathered to prepare for the new national history curriculum, which is expected to be introduced throughout Australia from next year.

Charles Darwin University (CDU), in conjunction with the History Teachers Association of Australia, hosted the first History Professional Development Day in the Territory on Monday, April 19.

CDU School of Education Lecturer David Rhodes said the aim of the day was to promote history and support history teachers in the Territory.

“The changes to the national history curriculum will be introduced in each of the states and territories of Australia between 2011 and 2013 and will make a considerable impact on teachers and students in the NT,” he said.

“The day was an opportunity for NT teachers to meet face to face with members of the History Teachers Association of Australia to discuss strategies on the implementation of new syllabi and to be informed about the services and resources available to support them through the changes.”

Mr Rhodes said the national history curriculum would see the first serious attempt to create uniformity in the way that history was taught in Australia. “The first phases of curriculum design have been completed with the draft kindergarten to Year 10 curriculum for history, English, maths and science now open for consultation,” he said.

For more information about the event go to http://www.historyconference.org.au/northernterritory.html.