EDF5144 - History education in the secondary years B - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Ann Guns


Ann Guns

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)




Enrolment in D3001 BEd(Hons), D3002 to D3009 BEd(Hons)(Secondary doubles), D6001 MTeach




This unit is part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part A (EDF5143).


This unit builds on EDF5143 (History education in the secondary years A) and continues to develop pre-service teachers' understandings and skills with regard to the teaching and learning of history as either a stand-alone discipline or an identifiable and rigorous component of integrated programs in Australian or overseas schools or wider educational settings. Successful completion of this unit enables students to demonstrate advanced knowledge, skills and capabilities in history education. The unit continues to be practice-based, research-informed and resource-rich. It embraces diverse histories, perspectives, pedagogies and technologies, and prepares pre-service teachers to tailor history education experiences to meet their students' different learning, career, leisure and life needs. It explores advanced teaching, learning and assessment strategies with emphases on 'viewing', 'listening to' and 'visiting' primary sources of the past. It engages with relevant professions and communities, especially leading history education resource providers at state/territory, national and international levels. It encourages effective inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia, and sustainability imperatives, and identifies connections between religious studies and history education. It develops the suite of skills associated with unit planning and delivery at all secondary year levels, and examines the requirements of various history curricula in Australia. It concludes by offering strategies for securing employment as history/humanities school teachers or educators in non-school history education settings that advocate and work for high quality history education experiences and respond effectively to curriculum priorities or history education developments as they arise.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. develop their learners' study, career, leisure and life skills through the knowledge, skills, values, attitudes and behaviours associated specifically with the study of history
  2. locate, create, use and evaluate history education resources in diverse forms incorporating diverse perspectives and inclusive approaches
  3. articulate the research underpinnings of pedagogical models common to history education and enact effectively such models in diverse learning settings
  4. cater to learners' different needs through inclusive strategies and engaging and diverse teaching, learning and assessment activities
  5. develop learners' abilities to demonstrate problem-solving capabilities in a variety of ways, including creatively, collaboratively and with competence in information and communication technologies
  6. facilitate learners' identification of links, similarities and differences between the past and the present and between the experiences of different cultures in different locations
  7. develop learners' empathy, values, attitudes and behaviours consistent with informed and positive local and global citizenship for a more equitable and sustainable world.


Fieldwork in history education settings (e.g. museums and galleries) may be arranged by negotiation with students.


Resource guide that focuses on design and conduct of research into history education (2000 words, 50%)

Unit outline that demonstrates advanced knowledge, skills and capabilities relevant to history education (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 3 hour workshop per week
  2. Additional requirements
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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