A time for reflection after a decade of educational reform in Australia

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Australian schooling has undergone significant change over the past decade, with major changes having been influenced by political agendas, national policy reforms and Australia's performance on international assessments. Since 2008, these have included national assessments, professional standards for teachers, a national curriculum, the national reporting of school performance, and national reforms that specifically address the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. In this chapter, readers are provided with a brief overview of the context to this education landscape. A number of developments are discussed in relation to curriculum, assessment, organisation and administration, teachers, students and pedagogy. This chapter concludes with reflections on the fortunes of the reforms introduced over the past decade.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld Education Systems
Subtitle of host publicationEntering the 21st Century
EditorsCharl Wolhuter, Hennie Steyn
Place of PublicationSouth Africa
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781920701826
ISBN (Print)9781920701826
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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