Contested notions of civics and citizenship education as national education in the Australian Curriculum

Libby Tudball, Deborah Henderson

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Civics and Citizenship (CC) education is a contested concept and a learning area that creates curriculum and implementation challenges for schools in many nations. The current development of the first national curriculum to be implemented in Australia, the Australian Curriculum, provides a national opportunity for educators to rethink curriculum priorities and to decide on new emphases for learning in schools, in response to policy that emphasizes the importance of CC for all young Australians. In this paper, we discuss the contested notion of citizenship education as ʼnational education’ in Australia, the development of this learning area and some challenges schools will encounter implementing CC in the Australian Curriculum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-24
Number of pages20
JournalCurriculum and Teaching
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2014


  • Australian curriculum
  • Civics and citizenship education
  • Curriculum
  • Curriculum policy
  • National curriculum
  • National identity

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