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A place at the table: values education in the Australian Curriculum

Julie Mitchell
Julie Mitchell is an education writer, consultant and lecturer in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne.

The advent of the Australian Curriculum with its general capabilities signals a significant shift in the position of values-related education in the school curriculum. Until this time many have viewed values education as belonging either in the domain of the personal; for example, in subjects called 'Personal Development', or in the realm of Civics and Citizenship education. The integration of a values perspective into curriculum disciplines via particular general capabilities, positions values as an essential and relevant aspect of every part of schooling. Values education is not a discrete program or part of an implicit hidden curriculum; it is a central principle underpinning the school curriculum offerings, the curriculum design, pedagogy, content and assessment.


Subject Headings

Values education
Curriculum planning
Education policy