The Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework Process
The Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework was developed in response to the Federal Government’s proposal to create a mandatory Australian Curriculum for all schools. As Steiner education is internationally recognised, we were given the opportunity to put forward an alternate curriculum framework for recognition, in order to protect the integrity of Steiner education philosophy and pedagogy.
The documents were developed from Steiner’s indications, not only to support schools and teachers, but for submission to government authorities, highlighting the mandatory content, knowledge and skills of the Australian Curriculum in a Steiner rich context.
The Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework has Content Descriptors for each Topic or subject which are mandatory in implementation, whereas the written Content Elaborations are diverse examples only and teachers may create different learning experiences for teaching the content.
As in the Australian Curriculum, teacher’s professional judgement with regard to a particular cohort of student needs may vary the curriculum implementation one year before or after the designated staging.
The Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework has some areas of different staging of content in comparison to the Australian Curriculum, more particularly in regard to F-3.
Phase 1 [Part A]
The following learning areas were recognised by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) 2011-2014:
English History Mathematics Science Geography
Phase 2: [Part B]
The following learning areas were Recognised by ACARA in September 2017:
The Arts Health and Physical Education Technologies
Civics and Economics and Business are still in process
This section provides an academic rationale for the pedagogical foundations of Steiner Education.
It aligns the proposed Steiner and National Curriculums on a philosophical basis.
The Primary School curriculum is an integrated curriculum; this section provides a document for each class, setting out Topics covering English, History, Mathematics, Science and Geography (Phase 1 subjects)
Topics are content areas which can be taught as one or more integrated thematic morning blocks (Main Lessons) over 3–4 weeks. They are supplemented with practice lessons developing the content throughout the year
The High School Curriculum arranges Topics by subject, covering English, History, Mathematics, Science and Geography (Phase 1 subjects)
As many Topics / lessons are integrated across subjects, the curriculum is also accessible by Class/Year.
Subject Introductions give an overview of how the Phase 1 content is brought to students as they develop from Kindergarten to Year 10, in the context of the ACARA National Curriculum.
They include English, History, Mathematics, Science and Geography (Phase 1 subjects).
These Phase 2 subjects were Recognised by ACARA in September 2017.
Subject Overviews for Phase 2 subjects are included in the relevant subject curriculum document.
Support documents for teachers’ lesson planning, including Rudolf Steiner’s indications, reading lists and other resources. Annotated bibliographies are available in the SEA Members’ Area
We wish to acknowledge the following people for their expertise and commitment to the project:
Project Manager (2009–2012) Virginia Moller, (2012-2017) Tracey Sayn Wittgenstein Piraccini
Lead Writer and Primary Writer Peggy Day
Lead Researcher Bronwen Haralambous
Consultant Research Advisor Dr Jennifer Gidley
Primary English Andrew Hill
High School Writers: (Class 7-10):
English: Bronwen Haralambous , Science: Peter Glasby, History: Elizabeth Baxendale,
Mathematics: John Stewart, Geography: Terri McMillan
The Arts K-10: Visual Arts: Sue Schuster; Music: Christian Lillicrap; Speech and Drama: Linden McCall, Annika Andersdotter;
Eurythmy: Elizabeth Chan, Josefin Porteous; Creative Movement: Jan Baker-Finch; Media Arts: Stuart Rushton
Foundations paper /Position Papers: Bronwen Haralambous, Peggy Day, Stuart Rushton (ICT)
ICT K-12 Support Paper: Stuart Rushton
Editorial, graphics and layout: June Cunningham
Website: Evan Sanders/Bruce Naylor/Go4 Multimedia