Launch of 2018 Australian Curriculum Teacher Education Packs

Emotions-Based Humanities Teaching Packs Increase Student Engagement

The latest Education Resource packs produced by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE) may prove to be a teacher’s best friend after findings that emotions-based teaching in the humanities – History, Art History and English – increases student engagement.

“Throughout our nodes across Australia, we have found that by teaching humanities subjects from an emotions perspective, students look at such topics as rhythm and metre in Shakespeare’s plays, or Art History, with new eyes. This inspired us to create a resource that is mapped to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), that enables teachers to teach the humanities from new perspectives,” says Dr Carly Osborn, formerly CHE’s Education and Outreach Officer at its University of Adelaide node.

Spanning Years Foundation to 10, each pack is linked to Australian Curriculum standards and includes detailed lesson instructions, student resources and extension activities.

This set of free lesson plans was written by experienced classroom teachers in conjunction with history of emotions researchers around Australia. It represents the latest insights into history by some of Australia’s leading humanities researchers.

Osborn believes that the combination of real, working historians with real, experienced teachers has produced one of Australia’s best humanities learning resources.

“Not only do we have proven academic research, but we have the backing of real classroom expertise. We were delighted to do extensive in-classroom testing with students and teachers before publication,” Dr Osborn said.

The 2018 Australian Curriculum Teacher Education Packs include topics on art history, Shakespearean metre and rhythm, transport toys through history, fire stories, early modern European witch-hunts and the Black Death, and can be downloaded from the Centre’s website.

Media contact: Professor Jane Davidson