Agora 2023-1 Teaching Primary History

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Teaching Primary History | Agora vol. 58 no. 1 (2023)

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Reflection Ashley Keith Pratt
Editorial Guy Nolch

Reflections on the theme
Creating a Knowledge-Rich Curriculum at Primary Level
Dan Oliver and Brad Nguyen, Docklands Primary School

A knowledge-rich approach to the primary curriculum maps out the specific knowledge to be taught in a structured, cumulative way that allows students to make connections and develop an understanding of historical concepts.
What Primary School Teachers Want Secondary School Teachers to Know about Teaching Humanities
Claire Ferguson, Dandenong Primary School

As the primary school curriculum varies not only across the states but within schools, children are entering the high school education system with varying depths of knowledge.
Visible Thinking in Primary History Education
David Boon, Albuera Street Primary School and Department for Education, Children and Young People

Visible thinking routines help students actively process information and documents that thinking across a range of learning areas.
Historical Concepts and Skills in the Primary Curriculum
Greta Caruso, Bialik College

While Integrated units of work in the primary school connect disciplines, the Victorian Curriculum’s Historical Concepts and Skills can be weakened or neglected.
Cultivating Historical Understanding through Place
Clarice Lisle, Independent researcher

The local community offers places that help students make meaningful connections to curriculum content.
Graduate Teacher Perspectives on Authentically Implementing History within the Primary Classroom
Ari Gurr and Estelle Major, Department of Education

Two graduate teachers describe the challenges and successes of their first three years teaching primary History, and identify areas for further professional development.
Teaching the Stolen Generations in the Primary Classroom
Al Fricker, Dja Dja Wurrung, Nikeri Institute, Deakin University

Concerns about tokenism, cultural appropriation and trauma associated with teaching the Stolen Generations can be minimised by paying attention to consistency and authenticity.

Talking about teaching
The Power of Inquiry to Teach History in Primary Schools

Educational consultant Kath Murdoch discusses inquiry-based approaches to teaching History in primary school with HTAV’s Executive Officer Deb Hull.

Teaching ideas
Primary Teaching Strategies from Pre-service Practice
Selena Prior, Federation University

Pre-service teachers provide twelve strategies that provide engaging and authentic learning experiences, and encourage primary students to think like historians.

A Relatable History: Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Education Act 1872 in Victoria
Robyn Floyd, Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, and Jo Clyne, History Teachers’ Association of Victoria

The history of your primary school is a topic enabling students to interrogate their local history while addressing the requirements of the Victorian Curriculum for History in levels F–6.

High Engagement History in the Upper Primary Classroom
Nick Adeney, Tintern Grammar

Strategies to teach an engaging History curriculum in the upper primary years include role-playing activities and thinking beyond the model of ‘one topic per term’.
Teaching Primary Students about Ancient Australia and the Dreaming
Diana Millar, Author and former teacher

Primary students can have a deeper understanding of Australia’s ancient history by making connections between Dreamtime stories and archaeological evidence.
Ladies in the House: Exploring Historic Trailblazing Women
Kelly Chase, Educator and creator of the History Detective podcast, and Stephanie Smith, Learning Manager, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

A podcast aligned to Victoria’s primary curriculum prompts students to explore the impacts of some extraordinary women throughout Australia’s political history.
Minecraft Brings History to Life in the Primary Curriculum
Bron Stuckey and Stephen Brown, Department of Education, State of Victoria

A ‘Mini Melbourne’ module and an archaeological exploration of the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel are just two ways students can use the Minecraft: Education Edition to explore Melbourne’s history.

Research and analysis
Archaeological Thinking in Victorian Primary History Programs
Aisling Beale, Department of Archaeology and History, La Trobe University, and Georgia Stannard, National Trust of Australia (Victoria)

A recent study has examined how Victorian primary teachers can be better supported to access archaeological content as a multidisciplinary teaching tool.

Reviews available online

Junior Atlas of Indigenous Australia
By Macquarie Dictionary
Reviewed by Kara Taylor, Irymple Secondary College

The World: A Family History
By Simon Sebag Montefiore
Reviewed by Margaret Simkin, The Hamilton and Alexandra College

Pharaohs of the Sun: How Egypt’s Despots and Dreamers Drove the Rise and Fall of Tutankhamun’s Dynasty
By Guy de la Bédoyére
Reviewed by Jack Norris, Lincoln College, University of Oxford

Gudyarra: The First Wiradyuri War of Resistance—The Bathurst War, 1822–1824
By Stephen Gapps
Reviewed by Selena Prior, Federation University

Lessons from History
Edited by Carolyn Holbrook, Lyndon Megarrity and David Lowe
Review by Matthew Allanby, Xavier College

Symbols of Australia: Imagining a Nation
Edited by Melissa Harper and Richard White
Reviewed by Kara Taylor, Irymple Secondary College

Knowing History in Schools
Edited by Arthur Chapman
Reviewed by Phillip O’Brien, McKinnon Secondary College

The Twelve Caesars
By Mary Beard
Reviewed by George Puckering, Bacchus Marsh Grammar

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