Agora 2020-2 Student Engagement and Student Voice

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Student Engagement and Student Voice | Agora vol. 55 no. 2 (2020)

Student Engagement and Student Voice

Agora vol. 55 no. 2 (2020)

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Reflection Bianca Crawford

Editorial Guy Nolch

Reflections on the theme

Storytelling in History Teaching
Deb Hull

History’s great advantage in capturing student interest is that it has enthralling stories, and humans are programmed for story.

History Rises in Our West
James Ridley

History enrolments at Hoppers Crossing Secondary College have boomed in the past five years due to College-wide initiatives, innovations in the Humanities Key Learning Area, and an injection of new ideas by passionate History teachers.

Incorporating Online Teaching in History Classes
Scott Hetherington

Some strategies and tools used to teach History online can be adapted to the classroom as schools return to business-as-usual.

Lessons from Locked-Down Learning
Daniel Sandvik

A survey of teachers and students has revealed both the trials and triumphs they experienced when teaching was conducted entirely online due to the COVID-19 isolation restrictions in place earlier this year.

Student Voice, History and Our Future
Anna Duan

Learning is about more than simply memorising facts. Student Voice teaches students to engage with social issues in ways that can transform society.

Activating Student Voice and Agency in Assessment
Brodie Andersen

Working with students to decode the language in the VCAA’s performance descriptors enables them to assess how well they are demonstrating the scope of their learning.

A Student-Centred Approach to Teaching
Harriet Lobb

High-impact teaching strategies implemented across
the secondary years improve student engagement and learning outcomes.

The Value of a Teacher’s Expertise in Inquiry Learning
Ashley Keith Pratt and Jeremy Patrick Otto

The role of the expert teacher is crucial to the effectiveness of an inquiry learning task in the classroom.

Teaching ideas

Interactive Strategies for Exploring History
Liam Tran

History teaching at Alice Miller School is informed by the school’s broader pedagogical principles about inclusion and independence.

Student Voice Through Student Narrative Choice
Ben Lawless

Giving students choice over a storyline in which they are the main character gives them more passion for the history.

Mirrors, Windows and Treasures on Excursions
Lucy Honan

Two learning activities can enliven a museum excursion and inspire students to explore exhibitions as gateways to history.

Handout 1
Handout 2

Preventing Loss of Student Engagement Through Reading and Writing Tasks
Lauren Trotter

Reading activities can be a fast way to alienate History students with low literacy, but a few activities can help them to articulate their insights, opinions and analysis in writing.

Handout 1 – Causes of WWII booklet

The Skill of Historical Empathy
Matthew Milburn and Miriam Iuricich

A potpourri of pus, herbs, simulations and creativity can enrich student understanding of the historical significance of the Black Death and its legacy.

A Viking Winter Solstice Celebration
Amy Noble

Year 8 students have travelled into the realm of historical empathy by inaugurating an annual celebration of the Viking culture.

Defining Moments Digital Classroom
David Arnold

The National Museum of Australia is launching an interactive website that brings key aspects of Australian History right into your classroom.

The New Study Design: VCE Australian History 2022–2026
Gerard Martin

The key knowledge gained from the four historical investigations in the new VCE Australian History design allows students to makes sense of the past by considering continuity and change.

Members’ Voice

HTAV members to share tips and ideas about student engagement and voice.

Imagine You Are…’ Historical Empathy and Perspectives in History Textbook Tasks
Julia Vogel

An analysis of tasks set for students in a sample of Year 8 textbooks finds limitations in their success at fostering historical empathy and perspectives.


Reviews available online

Slow Catastrophes: Living with Drought in Australia
by Rebecca Jones
Reviewed by Bill Lewis, Haileybury College

Geoffrey Blainey: Writer, Historian, Controversialist
by Richard Allsop
Reviewed by Sophia Marsden-Smith, Williamstown High School

Convict Colony
by David Hill
Reviewed by Jane Herbert, Mansfield Secondary College

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