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A community-based curriculum

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:

  1. Engaging students in learning through community-based learning: community service, civics and citizenship, environmental education, student action teams, and work-based learning.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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