Program

VCE History Conference and Examination Reports
Friday 25 February 2022
ONLINE

Early bird registrations close: Friday 11 February 2022
All registrations must close: Friday 18 February

Confirmation emails with session allocations and full event details will be issued once registrations close.


This conference supports VCE teachers to expand their content knowledge, pick up classroom ready tips and resources, think deeply about VCE teaching and learning, and catch up with peers and mentors from all over Victoria.

By registering for this conference you will also receive access to ALL the HTAV workshop recordings. Please note that the VCAA panel presentation and Q&A will not be recorded.

  1. Check out the program.
  2. Log into the HTAV website to unlock your member discount.
  3. Register.


PROGRAM

TIME SESSION
9.50am – 10.00am DELEGATES GET READY: LOG INTO CONFERENCE
10.00am–10.05am ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF TRADITIONAL OWNERS
10.05am–10.15am WELCOME AND HOUSEKEEPING
10.20am – 11.10am SESSION 1: Please choose one workshop from this session.
1.1 Was the Soviet Union an Empire? A Recent Debate
Professor Mark Edele, The University of Melbourne
VCE UNITS 1/2 – EMPIRES AND MODERN HISTORY | CONTENT KNOWLEDGE
1.2 Australian History: Navigating Outcomes in the New Study Design
Bill Lewis, Haileybury
VCE UNITS 3/4 – AUSTRALIAN HISTORY | TEACHING IDEAS | BYOD
1.3 Command Words, Extended Responses and SAQs in History
Russell Quill, Padua College
VCE GENERAL | TEACHING IDEAS
1.4 Was the French Revolution ‘Inevitable’?
Emeritus Professor, Peter McPhee AM, The University of Melbourne
VCE UNITS 3/4 – REVOLUTIONS: FRANCE | CONTENT KNOWLEDGE
1.5 Proxy Wars and Conflicts: Picking Your Context/s
Stephanie Murphy, Education Consultant
VCE UNITS 1/2 – MODERN HISTORY | CONTENT KNOWLEDGE
1.6 Tackling Challenging Concepts and ‘Niggly’ Dot Points: Resourcing Ancient History Units 3 & 4
Raquel Fenby, Suzanne Cory High School and Isabella Webster, Loreto Mandeville Hall
VCE UNITS 3/4 – ANCIENT HISTORY | TEACHING IDEAS
1.7 Facilitating Historical Evaluation Through Student Led Discussion
Yvonne Karfakis, Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak
VCE GENERAL | TEACHING IDEAS | BYOD
11.10am – 11.25am DISCOVER RESOURCES AND SERVICES
11.30am – 12.40pm

Keynote: ‘My Story about Telling Stories in History’
Emeritus Professor Richard Broome AM, HTAV Patron

Teaching history to the Study Design requires a balance between the big picture and the microcosm, and both levels especially the latter demand story-telling. Stories create an immediacy for students by providing vivid ways of representing the past but work best when they provide deeper meaning as well. Vividness and meaning is vital to teaching history well in a world awash with stories. I will reveal how the Historian E P Thompson and the Anthropologist Clifford Geertz used stories to show deeper meanings in their subjects. I will also tell my own ‘thick description’ story about Jack Johnson who boxed/performed in Australia in the Age of Race.

Emeritus Professor Richard Broome AM is HTAV’s inaugural patron (2013-Feb 2022). He has contributed significantly to the life and work of HTAV since the late 1970s, having begun as a regular and popular presenter early in his tertiary career at HSC/VCE student lectures in metropolitan Melbourne and on history ‘safaris’ to regional centres. Never compromising on intellectual integrity, he has established a reputation for thoughtfully tailoring his scholarship to the needs of senior secondary school students and teachers while meeting the specific requirements of different versions of the HSC and the VCE.

He has been an engaging keynote speaker and presenter at many HTAV conferences over time, drawing principally on his ground-breaking book Aboriginal Australians (5th ed. 2019); the award-winning Aboriginal Victorians (2005) and the impressive Arriving (1984) volume one of the official Victorian Government sesquicentennial history, The Victorians. His recent books include Fighting Hard. The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League (2015), Colonial Experience. The Port Phillip District/Victoria 1835–1860 4th edition (2016), Naga Odyssey. Visier ’s Long Way Home (2017), Mallee Country. A Social and Environmental History with three others (2020).

Richard Broome is a highly respected and powerful advocate for the teaching and learning of history in Australian schools - he is now the general editor with Ashley Keith Pratt of the 4 volume Analyzing Australian History (Cambridge 2021).

Note: This keynote is a special celebration of Richard Broome’s work from 2013-2022 as HTAV’s Patron.

12.40pm – 12.55pm DISCOVER RESOURCES AND SERVICES
1.00pm – 1.50pm SESSION 2: Please choose one workshop from this session.
2.1 ‘Environmental Management and Mismanagement: Deep Time to Federation’
Emeritus Professor Richard Broome AM, La Trobe University
VCE UNITS 3/4 – AUSTRALIAN HISTORY | CONTENT KNOWLEDGE
2.2 Preparing Students for SACs and the Exam in VCE History: Revolutions
Ian Lyell, Camberwell Girls Grammar School
VCE UNITS 3/4 – REVOLUTIONS | TEACHING IDEAS | BYOD
2.3 New to VCE? Everything you need to know!
Ashley Keith Pratt, Melbourne Girls Grammar
VCE GENERAL | TEACHING IDEAS | BYOD
2.4 The Inexpressible: Holocaust Survivor Testimony in the Classroom
Dr Simon Holloway, Jewish Holocaust Centre
VCE UNITS 1/2 – MODERN HISTORY | TEACHING IDEAS
2.5 Athenian Political Structures: It's All Greek to Me
Raquel Fenby and Christopher Parkinson, Suzanne Cory High School
VCE UNITS 3/4 – ANCIENT HISTORY: GREECE | CONTENT KNOWLEDGE | BYOD
2.6 Equity, Engagement and Excellence in Culturally Diverse Classrooms
Dannielle Vrondou, Brett White and Nyree Wilson, Dandenong High School
VCE GENERAL | TEACHING IDEAS
2.7 The Tricky Bits of the French Revolution
Olivia Heaton, Carey Baptist Grammar School
VCE UNITS 3/4 – REVOLUTIONS: FRANCE | CONTENT KNOWLEDGE | BYOD
2.00pm – 2.40pm SESSION 3: Please choose one option from this session.
3.1 VCE History Examination Reports 2021 – VCAA Panel Presentation and Q&A.

Join Gerry Martin, VCAA Curriculum Manager, Civics and History, and the VCAA Chief Assessors for History who will present some commentary on student performance in the 2021 VCE History Examinations. The panel will share insights that teachers may consider when preparing students for VCE History Study Design 2022 – 2026 end of year examinations.

The panel will cover topics such as:
  • the assessing process
  • patterns observed in student responses
  • what assessors look for in essays
  • the use of historical sources as evidence
Gerry will also manage a Q&A on end of year VCE History Examinations 2022-2026. Attendees should watch the Examination Specifications and On-demand video prior to attending which can be found on the VCAA website VCE Advice for Teachers Implementation Videos.
3.2 Cultural Organisation Experience

Join experts online who will showcase how their virtual tours or resources or a visit to their setting can support teachers and students with their VCE History studies. Teachers will have the opportunity to hear from the:
  • Shrine of Remembrance
  • Hellenic Museum
2.50pm–3.50pm SOCIAL HOUR – NETWORKING FOR CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS

Join colleagues and make new connections during Zoom Virtual Networking. Delegates and presenters can continue their conversations online after the conference. Why not grab a drink and some nibbles whilst you relax and share chat time with your history community.

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Sponsors & partners

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