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What is a curriculum for Asia capability?

EXPLORE the Australian Curriculum for opportunities to include Asia in the curriculum.

CONSIDER curriculum planning models and designs that build Asia capability.

REVIEW Asia-related teaching and learning resources.

IDENTIFY opportunities to develop intercultural understanding in the Australian Curriculum.

Asia Capable Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum recognises the importance of Asia capability for Australian students in the 21st century. This means developing an understanding of the possibilities offered for learning and teaching through the Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia cross-curriculum priority and the Intercultural understanding general capability.

The Australian Curriculum has a three-dimensional design – discipline-based learning areas, contemporary cross-curriculum priorities and general capabilities as essential 21st century skills. 

  • Asia content is represented in the content descriptions and elaborations of learning areas/subjects.
  • Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia is one of three cross-curriculum priorities.
  • Intercultural understanding is one of seven general capabilities. 

Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia

The general capabilities and the cross-curriculum priorities are not added as additional subjects. They are dealt with, where relevant, through the learning area content.

From The Australian Curriculum: Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia

Organising ideas

The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) defines a set of organising ideas for each cross-curriculum priority. These are embedded in the content descriptions and elaborations of learning areas/subjects. 


Organising ideas

Asia and its diversity
OI.1 The peoples and countries of Asia are diverse in ethnic background, traditions, cultures, belief systems and religions.
OI.2 Interrelationships between humans and the diverse environments in Asia shape the region and have global implications.
Achievements and contributions of the peoples of Asia
OI.3 The peoples and countries of Asia have contributed and continue to contribute to world history and human endeavour.
OI.4 The arts and literature of Asia influence aesthetic and creative pursuits within Australia, the region and globally.
Asia-Australia engagement
OI.5 Collaboration and engagement with the peoples of Asia support effective regional and global citizenship.
OI.6 Australia is part of the Asia region and our histories from ancient times to the present are linked.
OI.7 Australians play a significant role in social, cultural, political and economic developments in the Asia region.
OI.8 Australians of Asian heritage have influenced Australia's history and continue to influence its dynamic culture and society.

The Australian Curriculum: Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia. 


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