Are other teachers or groups in the school accessing the resources of local government or teaching about local government? The following summary provides examples that might emerge if a school audit is conducted.
Some of the traditional links to civics and citizenship education in Queensland schools can be found in the sourcebooks that were used prior to the development of the Queensland Schools Authority (QSA) syllabuses. Examples include:
For examples of how the Discovering Democracy materials can be linked to these topics and to the new Studies of Society and Environment learning outcomes, see the matrix in the booklet Linking Discovering Democracy and Studies of Society and Environment in Queensland Schools: Years 4-7. This booklet was provided free to all schools.
The following topics might be identified in a school audit of civics and citizenship teaching and learning:
For examples of how the Discovering Democracy materials can be used to create units of work for senior secondary classes, refer to the Australian Federation of Societies of Studies of Society and Environment website. Note the case studies for History, Geography, Environmental Education, Business and Social Education.
An audit of civics and citizenship teaching might identify themes or projects that link the teaching of Science, Studies of Society and Environment, English, Mathematics, Business, Health and the Arts. Local area studies or local beautification schemes are typical of these types of projects. For information on the following projects, visit the Department of Natural Resources and Mines website.
A number of Education Queensland schools are trialling cross-curricular approaches to teaching using 'rich tasks'. Your school may have access to the cross-curricular tasks that were developed during the trial.