Teacher guide Debates that shaped the nation - teacher resource

TLF ID M009449

This is a teacher resource about the debates at the Federation conventions of the 1890s compared to those at the constitutional conventions of the 1990s. The activities suggested in the resource emphasise the historical inquiry process, beginning with students asking focus questions about the issues discussed at the conventions, then researching a particular issue and finally reporting their findings. These activities depend on students identifying relevant sections from the convention records and reading substantial amounts of text.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a valuable resource for the year 9 history curriculum, particularly for developing and enhancing students' historical skills. The resource provides activities in which students identify and select different kinds of questions about the past to inform historical inquiry and process, and synthesise information from a range of sources for use as evidence in a historical argument and develop historical texts.
  • Because part of its focus is the conventions of 1897-98, the resource is of value for the year 9 elective depth study 'Making a nation'. It is particularly relevant to the content description about key events and ideas in the development of Australian self-government and democracy.
  • The resource may also be of use in the civics and citizenship curriculum area, especially in relation to the processes of constitutional change and the idea of an Australian republic.
Year level


Learning area
  • History
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

Other details

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  • Name: Education Services Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Organization: Commonwealth of Australia
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  • Publisher
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
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  • Organization: The Department of Education\, Employment and Workplace Relations (DE
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: ACT, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.deewr.gov.au
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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  • Online
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