Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Teaching about Australia

Teaching about Australia. This is a good essay on how teachers in the USA can teach students about Australia. This includes ideas for history.

From the site:

At the high school level, history and social science courses offer many opportunities for the study of Australia. For example, in U.S. history courses teachers may make comparisons with the Australian colonial experiences, the gold rushes, measures aimed at restricting immigration, defense alliances, and the framing of both Constitutions. Comparisons can enhance comprehension of common human needs and experiences, and can also help students to understand the conceptual bases of these experiences in their own local context. In world history courses worthwhile comparative examples can include the investigations of trans-Pacific culture flows in film, literature, and popular music, or discussions of issues of assimilation or integration in multicultural societies, or examination of comparative issues in federal-state relations. An inquiry focus on these issues can heighten students' awareness of the universal nature and significance of these concepts.

Teachers need not be restricted to the very limited space allocated to Australia in American social studies textbooks. There is, however, a real need for more detailed resources appropriate for all grade levels. Teachers and students should contact Australian embassies and consulates in the U.S. or write to exchange information with subject associations, teachers, and students in Australia. There are some excellent curriculum resources available in Australia.

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