Examine different viewpoints on actions, events, issues and phenomena in the past and present

Elaborations

  • analysing sources to identify and understand the different motives and experiences of individuals and groups involved in past or present events and issues (for example, the reasons people migrated to colonial Australia and their diverse experiences; the struggle for rights by emancipated convicts; the way migrants or refugees have been managed over time and their experiences; the motives of whalers and anti-whaling activists) (Skills: Literacy, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability, Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, Intercultural Understanding)
  • comparing sources of evidence to identify similarities and/or differences in accounts of the past (for example, comparing colonial descriptions of Burke and Wills’ achievements with those that have been recently published with Aboriginal perspectives; different representations of Ned Kelly in past and present publications) (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding)
  • analysing photographs to identify inferred messages (for example, how workers on a colonial banana plantation are positioned, dressed, posed and/or are absent, to reflect the status of different groups such as English managers, Chinese, Aboriginal and South Sea Islander workers, women and children) (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, Intercultural Understanding)
  • exploring, through a facilitated role-play or a simulation game, the way different people experienced the same event (for example, the differing experiences and feelings of miners, Chinese workers, women, children, leaders and Aboriginal occupants during the Eureka Stockade; personal intercultural experiences; or people’s differing perceptions of election speeches made by opposing candidates) (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding, Intercultural Understanding)

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