Assessing National Efforts at Curriculum Development in the USA, Great Britain and Australia

Year: 1986

Author: Kennedy,Kerry J.

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

There have been strong traditions of local curriculum development in the USA, Great Britain and Australia. Yet over the past two decades, there has been considerable experimentation with national curriculum efforts. These have been reinforced by general demands for curriculum reform and by renewed discussions on the advantages of a core curriculum. While local and national needs may not always be opposed, the prospect of tensions and disagreements between different policy levels has been increased during this period.

The purpose of this paper, therefore, it to review the strategies that have been used to promote national curriculum efforts in Great Britain, USA and Australia and to indicate ways in which local needs might be Cetter provided for in the context of national policy objectives.