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ICT and the Australian Curriculum
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The Australian Curriculum as presented by ACARA, acknowledges the importance of ICT as both a general capability (GC) and as a learning area in partnership with Design and Technology (the ‘Technologies’).
Currently there is no published curriculum documentation for ICT Competence as a GC. Rather its place in the Australian Curriculum is recognised within each of the four published learning areas through embedding in content descriptions and/or achievement standards. As a learning area, work is just beginning on determining ICT’s ‘conceptual’ home and its content.
This paper discusses four key concerns about this current situation and proposes and justifies a solution whereby ICT would be a learning area in its own right, either within the framework of the Technologies or as a new learning area. Structurally this learning area would document the student learning expectations and standards for ICT as a GC as well as a discipline.
Concerns with current position
There are concerns relating to:
- the curriculum articulation of ICT competence as a general capability (ICT in Education)
- the developmental pathways of ICT as a learning area
- the relationship between both ICT competence and ICT as a learning area
- removal of reference to ICT in the Technologies Learning Area – should be Information and Communication Technologies, and Design and Technology
Please read the full paper and contribute to the discussion by leaving a comment below.