Curriculum reform and the 'constituency' challenge: recent trends in higher school geography (Australia)

J. M. Powell

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There is a widening gap between Australia's secondary and tertiary systems, and although tertiary institutions depend on the products of secondary education their influence on the latter is diminishing. Lacking a consensus the education system is characterised by overlapping and frequently competing frames of reference as examples show. Teacher autonomy is challenging the very existence of inherited fields of study. An analysis of geography enrolments by states reveals the emergence of new, often vocational, courses. Trends in Victoria are examined in detail. Attitudes to geography teaching at school level must be re-examined. A commentary on conditions in individual states is offered.-D.G.Price

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-295
Number of pages21
JournalAustralian Geographical Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1984

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