I found this paper, I had written in 1999, recently and decided it was worth another airing. The Australian National Curriculum is well on its way to implementation in Australian schools, both private and State systems. It is worth a moment of reflection, however, to ponder whether it is going to be as successful as predicted. If past history is anything to go by, we may wish to hold off on the accolades a little longer. This rather longish essay explores curriculum change in Western Australia, from the 1950-1993, and goes into considerable detail on the seven reports that led the curriculum changes in schools in Western Australia, framed in Fullan’s construct of four change decades. But the lessons learned there are worth considering for the future of the National Curriculum.
The History and Nature of change in the Lower Secondary Education System in Western Australia, 1950-1993
For those interested in understanding more about Curriculum in Australian schools I recommend the text Australia’s Curriculum Dilemmas: State Cultures and the Big Issues, edited by Lyn Yates, Cherry Collins and Kate O’Connor.