Teacher guide The 1967 referendum - unit of work

TLF ID M009605

This is a unit of work about the significance of the 1967 referendum on changing the Australian Constitution to allow the Commonwealth to make laws for Aboriginal people and include Aboriginal people in the census. Intended for upper secondary students, the unit is organised around historical research into three questions: What rights did Aboriginal people have between 1901 and 1967? Why did Australian attitudes towards Aboriginal people change? What were the consequences of the referendum? The unit makes use of 'Australia's democracy: a short history' by John Hirst.

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  • Although written for years 11 and 12, this unit is easily adapted to and valuable for the year 10 history depth study 'Rights and freedoms (1945-the present)'. The unit's focus questions and use of John Hirst's compilation of sources make it particularly relevant to content descriptions in the depth study about the background to the struggle of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for rights and freedoms before 1965 and the significance of the 1967 referendum.
  • The unit's research-based approach is very useful in developing and enhancing year 10 students' historical skills. Students are given opportunities to sequence events chronologically to demonstrate the relationship between events in different periods and places, to synthesise information from a range of sources to use as evidence in a historical argument, and to identify and analyse the perspectives of people from the past.
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