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Naqvi, MJ (1995) Australia in Asia and the Pacific (AAP) at Fahan. Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

Major objectives of the Social Studies syllabuses in Years 9 - 12
within schools of the Education Department of Tasmania are to enable
young people to become socially, culturally and Asia literate in the
1990's.
Teachers at Fahan School have not been involved in the recent
development of the Social Studies syllabuses for the Tasmanian
Certificate of Education (TCE) because Social Studies as such is not
taught at Fahan. The school has traditionally preferred to include
Social Studies content in the Senior (secondary) School within the
subject disciplines of History and Geography. However, teachers have
held parallel concerns with teachers in other schools regarding the
content of courses. During 1987 teachers at Fahan perceived an
Australian and Asian literacy gap in curriculum offerings at the
school and courses were devised to fill that gap under various
banners between 1988 and 1992 Australian Studies in Year 9 from
1988 - 1990, Asian Studies in Year 9 and Australia in Asia and the
Pacific (AAP) in 1992.
AAP, within Education Department.Schools, is an extension of the
Years 9 and 10 Social Sciences into Years 11 and 12. (In Year 9 the
Social Sciences are termed Australian Studies and in Year 10 they are
termed World Studies). AAP at Fahan was also conceived from the
implementation of Australian Studies in Year 9 and the planning of
World Studies in Year 10. In 1991, a year when no Social Studies courses
were taught in the Fahan Senior School; a document entitled
AUSTRALIAN STUDIES AT FAHAN by Jane Naqvi investigated the question
"Is our Fahan leaver a culturally literate Australian?" This was
done by examining the content of all Social Studies units K - 6
(Junior School)-and all History and Geography units 7 - 12 (Senior
School). The conclusions reached included the notion that
modification of curricula was necessary to develop greater social,
cultural and Asian literacy amongst Fahan students. The document,
which was submitted as a paper for EED 806 Curriculum Design and
Development in the M. Ed. Studies program of the University of
Tasmania in November 1991, instigated the introduction of AAP at Fahan
in 1992 and the re-offering of Australian Studies into Year 9 for 1993
(but the latter will not go ahead due to low numbers electing to
undertake it). It is also a precursor to much of the thinking in
this document, AAP AT FAHAN which has two main objectives :

• to document the development of AAP as a subject for the TCE in general and as a viable subject for Fahan School in particular

• to put theory into practice through reflection of teaching in 1992 and planning for teaching in 1993.

Item Type: Thesis (Coursework Master)
Keywords: Social sciences
Copyright Holders: The Author
Additional Information:

Vol. 2 contains large amounts of published material and as such it cannot be made available for download.

Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2015 03:05
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2016 01:03
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