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


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Rodwell, GW ORCID: 0000-0003-1725-9476 2017 , 'A national history curriculum, racism, a moral panic and risk society theory' , Issues in Educational Research, vol. 27, no. 2 , pp. 365-380 .

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With a proposed Australian national history curriculum, many Australians began to question what historical content would be taught in the nation's schools and colleges.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.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Rodwell, GW
Keywords: school education, history curriculum, racism, moral panic, risk society, politics and curriculum
Journal or Publication Title: Issues in Educational Research
Publisher: Western Australian Institute for Educational Research Inc.
ISSN: 1837-6290
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