Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences in the Australian Curriculum helps students to understand the world and their place within it. It covers a diverse range of topics from civics and citizenship through to politics and globalism for primary and secondary students.
This text encompasses a learning area that is exciting and challenging. It allows students to examine societal and environmental problems and to develop logical arguments to grapple with present day personal, national and international problems such as terrorism, violent retaliation, censorship, repression and ideological conflicts.
Each chapter includes sound pedagogical planning principles together with a comprehensive range of practical ideas and examples. Questions and activities challenge students to think critically about a variety of social and environmental issues.
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Angelina Ambrosetti is a lecturer in the School of Education at CQUniversity. Angelina teaches SOSE and pedagogy courses with undergraduate students. Angelina is an experienced primary school teacher who has taught a diverse range of learners. Angelina’s research interests include learning design and mentoring in pre-service teacher education.
Dr Susan Bliss
Dr. Susan Bliss is the Director of Global Education in NSW, was past President of the Geography Teachers' Association NSW and past Director and Business Manager for the Australian Geography Teachers' Association. She has written eleven geography textbooks and chapters in over 50 textbooks and refereed journals. Susan won an excellence teaching award at Sydney University and the McDonalds Holmes Medal for geography. She has recently been on ACARA.
Dr Anita Forsyth
Anita Forsyth is currently a senior lecturer in teacher education in the Education Faculty at Monash University and she is director of the Faculty’s Victorian DEECD School Review unit. Major research and teaching interests are in: curriculum and pedagogy related to economics, business, enterprise and civics and citizenship education and leadership, school accountability and school improvement.
Dr Catherine Hart
Chapters 1 and 9
Catherine Hart has worked as a teacher educator for ten years across a number of NSW and Victorian Universities. Her research interests focus on the work of history and humanities teachers. Keen to re-engage with the work of teaching and learning in the humanities, Catherine has recently returned to the secondary school classroom.
Dr Deborah Henderson
Chapters 5, 7 and 14
Dr Deborah Henderson is a senior lecturer at Queensland University of Technology where she teaches History Curriculum and Social Education Curriculum for secondary pre-service teachers. Deborah’s transdisciplinary research interests include: values, cross-cultural understanding and critical inquiry in the history and social education curriculum; politics and policy making for Asia literacy; teacher leadership and professional development.
Harry Van Issum
Co-author, Chapter 12
Harry Van Issum is a Wappa-burra man who has worked as a secondary teacher with Education Queensland. He has also been a lecturer in Indigenous education in the higher education sector for over 15 years. He has completed a Masters in Education and is currently completing his PhD. He is also a current member of the Queensland Indigenous Education Consultative Committee.
Professor Kerry Kennedy
Kerry Kennedy is Chair Professor of Curriculum Studies at The Hong Kong Institute of Education. He researches in the areas of curriculum policy and theory and citizenship education. He has recently published the 4th edition of Curriculum Construction (with Laurie Brady) and Routlledge has just released the paperback edition of his Changing Schools in Asian Societies: Schools for the Knowledge Society (with John Lee). He is the General Series Editor of the Routledge Series on Schools and Schooling in Asia.
Dr Dale Kerwin
Co-author, Chapter 12
Dale Kerwin is a proud Goori from the Worimi Nation, New South Wales. He has been awarded a Diploma of Primary Teaching, Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage Management, Masters of Philosophy, and a PhD. He remains committed to furthering knowledge about Aboriginal cultural heritage and inscribing Aboriginal ontology on the body of Australian history.
Professor Colin Marsh
Chapters 1-4, 8 and 14
Colin Marsh was an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University, Perth. He had extensive teaching experience as a primary school teacher, secondary school teacher and university lecturer in a number of countries. Colin was a prolific writer and published over 35 books. Becoming a Teacher and Teaching Studies of Society and Environment are two major texts published by Pearson Australia. His main interests were playing and listening to jazz music and playing tennis.