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A national history curriculum, racism, a moral panic and risk society theory


Rodwell, G, A national history curriculum, racism, a moral panic and risk society theory, Issues in Educational Research, 27, (2) pp. 365-380. ISSN 1837-6290 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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With a proposed Australian national history curriculum, many Australians began to question what historical content would be taught in the nation's schools and colleges. While pressure for a national history curriculum had been building for many years, the final impetus came from a moral panic that gripped Australian society during late 2005, possibly reinforced by risk society imperatives. This paper argues that the history taught in Australian school education is highly politicised, the product of a moral panic, and of risk society thinking. This paper further argues students should be enabled to appreciate these factors underpinning national history curriculum through a more rigorous teaching of historiography in the school education.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:school education, history curriculum, racism, moral panic, risk society, politics and curriculum
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Policies and development
UTAS Author:Rodwell, G (Dr Grant Rodwell)
ID Code:115801
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-04-11
Last Modified:2018-05-31
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