EDUC6226

Teaching History in Primary Schools

10 Units

This course explores contemporary research into, and its implications for, the teaching, learning and assessing of historical literacy and understanding in the Primary school. It explores the purposes of history education and the key concepts that shape historical understanding (e.g., sources, evidence, explanation, interpretation, empathy); approaches to planning and programming for the K-6 component of the Australian national History curriculum (and relevant state-based courses); and ways of differentiating curriculum and instruction to meet the diverse needs of learners.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability

Not currently offered

Objectives

This course provides students with the opportunity to:

1)Discuss pedagogical trends related to the teaching and learning of History in schools. 2)Develop lesson plans, teaching strategies, programs, and assessment tasks based on the Australian national History curriculum (Primary school level), that engage with the purposes of history education and the key concepts that shape historical understanding (e.g., sources, evidence, explanation, interpretation, empathy). 3)Differentiate curriculum, literacy, and instructional strategies to meet the diverse needs of learners in the History classroom. 4)Select, evaluate, adapt, and apply technologies and resources for teaching and assessing History.

Content

The following list indicates indicative course content:

  • The role and value of History education in contemporary society and the Australian curriculum.

  • Research findings and their implications for K-6 classroom practice (including curriculum, planning, teaching, learning and assessment).

  • Course and assessment requirements of the Australian national History curriculum (and state-based senior History courses).

  • The purposes of history education and the key concepts that shape historical understanding (e.g., sources, evidence, explanation, interpretation, empathy).

  • Differentiating curriculum and instruction to meet the diverse needs of learners in the Primary school History classroom.

  • Literacy demands and processes of historical investigation and inquiry.

  • Selection, evaluation, adaptation and application of technologies and resources for teaching and assessing History in the Primary school.

Replacing Course(s) NA
Transition NA
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge NA
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Teaching Methods Self Directed Learning
Seminar
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment 1: 40% (2,000 words or equivalent) An essay on pedagogical approaches related to History education in Primary school, informed by contemporary research.
  • Projects - Assignment 2: 60% (3,000 words or equivalent) Planning, programming, assessment, and resource building tasks, for a K-6 History class.
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6226

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