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EDSS223 Inquiry Essay Assignment
“In its overall thrust, the Australian curriculum endorses teaching and learning that are inquiry–based, engaging and relevant to students’ lives today and in the future” (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2017 p.xii).
Explain how using an inquiry approach achieves this intent when teaching history in the primary classroom.
The task in Detail
Your essay will need to demonstrate evidence of understanding of:
- the intent of inquiry methodology within the history discipline
- how the attributes of inquiry methodology allow history learning to be engaging and relevant to students' lives
- expectations of Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards [BOSTES], NSW History Syllabus K-10 or Australian Curriculum: Humanities and Social Sciences (Version 8.3)
- research by including references from the reading list below
- UNE regulations for formatting and referencing. Note that this excludes headings, tables and point form.
This understanding needs to be synthesised into a coherent explanation of why inquiry methodology is crucial in delivering effective history teaching and learning in the primary classroom.
Essential readings for Assignment One
Board of Studies, NSW. (2012). History K-10 syllabus Vol 1 History K - 6. Sydney, Australia: Board of Studies New South Wales
Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (2016). The Australian Curriculum: Humanities and Social Sciences. Retrieved from: www.australiancurriculum.edu.au
As well as the following:
- EDSS223 Topic 2. (2017).Teaching history using an inquiry model.Armidale, Australia: University of New England, School of Education.
- EDSS223 Topic 3. (2017). History content in primary education. Armidale, Australia: University of New England, School of Education.
- EDSS223 Topic 4. (2017). Teaching history from various perspectives. Armidale, Australia: University of New England, School of Education.
- Hoepper, B. (2017). 'Planning for critical inquiry'. In R. Gilbert & B. Hoepper (Eds,), Teaching Humanities and social sciences. History, geography, economics and citizenship in the Australian Curriculum (6th Ed). South Melbourne, Australia: Cengage learning.
- Gilbert, R. (2017). 'Planning for student learning'. In R. Gilbert & B. Hoepper (Eds,), Teaching Humanities and social sciences. History, geography, economics and citizenship in the Australian Curriculum (6th Ed). South Melbourne, Australia: Cengage learning.
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