Conference proceedings


In August 2006, Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, met with twenty-three leading Australian historians, public figures who promote the study of history and educational leaders to seek advice on ways the Australian Government could strengthen the place of Australian history in the school curriculum and re-establish a structured narrative in the teaching of Australian history throughout primary and secondary schools. The Summit participants agreed that 'the study of Australian History should be sequentially planned through primary and secondary schooling and should be a distinct subject in Years 9 and 10. This would be an essential and required core part of all students' learning experience to prepare them for the 21st Century'. There is currently no guarantee that students have an opportunity to study Australian history in a systematic, structured way in all States and Territories. A transcript of procedings along with discussion papers by Gregory Melleuish and Tony Taylor are now available online.

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