November 24, 2012
A 'community curriculum' is proposed by the Cambridge Primary Review so that time is divided between a national and local curriculum on a 70/30% basis. Likewise, the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (RSA) advocates an area-based curriculum - to enhance students' learning through "a curriculum that is co-owned by schools and the community that surrounds them, and that uses the surrounding area and its resources as a framework for curriculum development".
How have schools in Victoria created a more community-based curriculum? Initiatives include:
- Engaging students in learning through community-based learning: community service, civics and citizenship, environmental education, student action teams, and work-based learning.
- Involving students, parents and other partners in curriculum-making. When reviewing the curriculum, some schools organise forums to engage students, community members and parents whose voices may be less frequently heard in curriculum conversations.
- Building links with organisations to develop the curriculum. These include other schools such as a small cluster of primary and secondary schools developing a P-12 curriculum, community and health services, business and industry, cultural organisations and local government.
We are keen to hear about your experiences in developing a more community-based curriculum.
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