All educational enterprises use a curriculum and therefore a curriculum must be designed and developed by someone or group. The task of curriculum development, from the viewpoint of an outsider, appears simple and straightforward – list the content students need to learn. Curriculum development, however, is not what it appears. It is, by contrast, complex, full of twists and turns and requiring significant thought and input from developers (with consideration of unintended consequences). Who designs and develops a curriculum and what do they bring with them to the development task?

This address identifies and investigates significant influences on the process of curriculum development and how these might shape the future. It locates these influences, by way of example, in the context of developing a component of the recently released Australian Curriculum.