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Teacher guide Exploring the Australian of the Year Awards

TLF ID M020435

The inquiry unit provides a sequence of investigations that asks students to consider the history of the Australian of the Year Awards and the gallery of outstanding Australians that the Awards celebrate. Students use a variety of primary and secondary source materials to explore how Australia's changing perspectives on diversity, inclusion and social responsibility are enacted through the Awards over time. Finally students are asked to critically examine their findings and to nominate one Australian of the Year that they feel best represents the spirit of the Awards.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a highly valuable resource for Civics and Citizenship education in particular as it relates to the values that underpin modern Australian society and the evolving nature of Australian national identity.
  • It provides significant opportunities to engage students in social inquiry processes with a strong empahsis on research methodologies and evidence gathering. It also provide opportunities for students to analyse primary and secondary source material to identify values and perspectives embedded in these materials and reflect on how these finding might shape personal viewpoints.
  • This is also a highly valuable resource for supporting students to develop personal and social capabilities, critical and creative thinking, Information and communication technology capabilities and to develop critical literacy skills in subject related contexts.
Year level

7; 8

Learning area
  • Humanities and social sciences
  • Civics and citizenship

Other details

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Learning Resource Type
  • Online
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