The soon to be implemented Australian Curriculum aims to integrate a futures orientation across subject areas. Guidelines and support for this specific initiative are being finalized. Only a little is known about the current teaching of a futures orientation or of secondary teacher interest, understanding and support for this important but challenging direction. This initial study surveyed 115 teachers from twelve secondary schools in Western Australia and aims to provide a basis for implementing the futures oriented elements into the year 7 to 10 curriculum. Most questions of respondents related directly to elements of the Australian Curriculum's cross-curriculum priority of sustainability and of the general capabilities; these were extended to include a general appraisal of teachers' interest in broader global issues, their self-efficacy in pursuing their interests and their suggestions for curriculum support. In overview, this initial study has shown that many Western Australian teachers are very receptive to developing a futures orientation into their classrooms in keeping with the rationale in the new national curriculum. It provides a foundation for follow up studies, supporting existing school interest and exploring specific opportunities for enhancing a futures orientation. It raises the possibility of engaging further with highly motivated teachers and schools in implementing the futures orientation components of the Australian Curriculum through its cross-curriculum priorities and general capabilities. © 2013 The Australian Association for Research in Education, Inc.
Paynter, M., & Bruce, N. (2014). A futures orientation in the Australian Curriculum: Current levels of teacher interest, activity and support in Western Australia. AUSTRALIAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCHER, 41(1), 73-87. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-013-0122-z