Teacher guide Evaluating strategies for change - unit of work

TLF ID M009602

This is a unit of work of about four hours' duration that deals with the strategies employed by eight Australians who have been or are involved in political parties or social movements to bring about change. Four of the eight are from the 19th or 20th centuries and the other four are from the present day or relatively recent past. The unit is intended for lower secondary students, who research the strategies used by these people and reflect on what strategies they themselves might use to influence representative groups today. The unit provides links to useful websites as well as numerous handouts for student use.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a valuable resource for studies in the importance of human agency in bringing about change. The concept of personal and group agency is important in both the history and the civics and citizenship curriculum areas. By the end of year 8 in civics and citizenship, students can be reasonably expected to understand that individuals and groups can exert influence and be instrumental in effecting change.
  • While the suggested activities are appropriate for the intended audience of lower secondary students, they are equally suitable and useful for upper primary students. They are particularly relevant to the year 6 history content descriptions about the experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders, migrants and women, and their contributions to the development of Australian society.
Year level

6; 7; 8

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  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
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  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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