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The idea of Meta-Curriculum as a common national curriculum

Tripp, D.H. (1989) The idea of Meta-Curriculum as a common national curriculum. Curriculum Perspectives, 9 (4). pp. 79-88.


I attempt to do two things in this short article: first I want to show how and why any move towards the development of a compulsory common national curriculum (whether as a 'core' or in some other form) must be premised upon agreed aims and criteria for the whole curriculum; and second, that a promising alternative to specifying the core curriculum in terms of what parts of what school subjects are taught to whom and when, is to use a form of meta-curriculum. Before dealing with those main points, however, the background to the whole move towards some kind of a core curriculum is relevant, because these ideas are currently contextualised by the decisions which are already being taken at Commonwealth and State levels.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Publisher: Australian Curriculum Studies Association
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