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This subject aims to build Teacher Candidates’ capacities for teaching Primary Humanities and the Social Sciences. Teacher Candidates will develop knowledge of the Primary Humanities curricula domains of Geography, History, Economics and Business, Civics and Citizenship. Teacher Candidates will be introduced to the Humanities as a broad, complex and dynamic field concerned with people as social beings who interact with one another and with natural and social environments through time and place. General capabilities will be addressed such as critical and creative thinking, intercultural understanding, ethical understanding and personal and social responsibility. Teacher Candidates will explore social and environmental issues in the Australian and global contexts. This includes learning about diversity, worldview and democratic principles to enable students to participate in our world as informed citizens. Teacher Candidates explore links to technological contexts, embedding digital technologies and creating design solutions. They will appreciate the important role technologies play in transforming, restoring and sustaining societies and supporting students to be regional and global citizens.
Through review of social and environmental issues and the experience of an excursion to a site linked to primary students’ Humanities learning, Teacher Candidates will further consider how the Humanities can be linked with other curriculum areas and in contexts beyond the school classroom.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, Teacher Candidates should be able to:
Graduate Standards refers to the Graduate-level Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the Humanities learning area in the Victorian Curriculum (Graduate Standards 2.1, 2.4, 7.4)
- Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes they intend to teach in the Humanities (Graduate Standards 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1)
- Begin to critically analyse their own and others' values, attitudes and beliefs in relation to local and global issues (Graduate Standards 1.3, 2.4)
- Become familiar with some of the contemporary issues and debates within Humanities as they relate to the primary school setting (Graduate Standards 2.1, 2.4)
- Demonstrate knowledge of digital and design technologies and blended learning resources to cater for a diversity of needs and purposes (Graduate Standards 2.6, 3.4)
- Clinical reasoning and thinking
- Problem solving
- Evidence based decision making
- Creativity and innovation
- Teamwork and professional collaboration
- Learning to learn and metacognition
- Responsiveness to a changing knowledge base
- Reflection for continuous improvement
- Linking theory and practice
- Inquiry and research
- Active and participatory citizenship
Last updated: 10 February 2024