Teaching History in Primary Schools

Course code EDUC6226Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

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.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesThis 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.
ContentThe 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
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNA
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsSelf Directed Learning
Seminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 1: 40% (2,000 words or equivalent)

An essay on pedagogical approaches related to History education in Primary school, informed by contemporary research.
ProjectsAssignment 2: 60% (3,000 words or equivalent)

Planning, programming, assessment, and resource building tasks, for a K-6 History class.
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term