Applying standards to tertiary-level history

policy, challenges and the after standards project

Sean Brawley, Jennifer Clark, Chris Dixon, Lisa Ford, Leah Grolman, Shawn Ross, Stuart Upton

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This paper discusses the challenges of applying standards to the teaching of tertiary-level history. It gives a critical overview of the emerging standards process in Australia, re-emphasising the importance of disciplinary input in producing a workable and acceptable regulatory framework under the aegis of Australia’s recently-established Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). To this end, it argues for the importance of building capacity within the history discipline both to engage with policy makers in coming months, and to take an active role in defining and implementing national standards for tertiary history. It suggests the potential of grassroots initiatives such as the After Standards project to assist historians in meeting this challenge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-194
Number of pages18
JournalHistory Australia
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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