Research shows that students can have greater success in their studies when the information they learn is connected to key concepts. The Oxford Big Ideas History series provides a framework for developing students’ historical knowledge, understanding and skills through inquiry questions and the use and interpretation of sources. The Australian Curriculum: History also identifies key inquiry questions or big ideas and core historical concepts and skills to be explored at each year level. Every chapter in the series mirrors this approach to ensure students develop deep learning of these big ideas, concepts and skills.
The exciting Oxford Big Ideas History series will motivate and engage students. Its wide range of activities and sources will allow students to be successful in the history classroom and support their independent study.
About the Author
Richard Smith is a history teacher at Melbourne Grammar School. He has worked in government and independent schools for over 35 years in both administrative and teaching roles. Richard is presently the Treasurer of the History Teachers Association of Victoria and is immediate-past president. He chairs the National History Challenge for the History Teachers' Association of Australia of which he is a past vice-president and treasurer. In 2010 Richard was honoured with the presentation of the HTAV award for Outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of history and to the HTAV.
Geraldine Carrodus has taught History in Victorian schools for over forty years. She was an examiner in Australian History from the 1970s and was Chair of the Setting Panel and Chief Assessor from 2000 until 2005. She has written or co-written a number of History texts used in schools and has been a regular speaker at HTAV conferences for students and teachers. Geraldine had been part of the consultation process on the Australian Curriculum over the past two years. In 2006, Geraldine was honoured with the presentation of an HTAV award for Excellent and Sustained Contribution to the Teaching and Learning of History and to the HTAV
Tim Delany has taught in a number of Government schools in Australia and England. He has contributed to a number of texts relating to History and International Studies and has managed curriculum projects for the Department of Education in Victoria and for Social Education Victoria (SEV). He is currently Principal of Newborough Primary School in Gippsland, Victoria.
Associate Professor Tony Taylor has played a pivotal role in the shaping of history education in Australia. In 1999 he was appointed Director of the Australian Government’s National Inquiry into the Teaching and Learning of History and, from 2001–2006, he was Director of the Australian Government’s National Centre for History Education. Recently, Tony has been involved in the development of the Australian Curriculum for History.
Dr Carmel Young is a History consultant with Oxford and has taught History Curriculum and Methods at the University of Sydney. With Tony Taylor, she wrote History: A guide to the teaching and learning of history in Australian schools.
Bernie Howitt is currently President of the NSW History Teachers’ Association, and has been teaching History since the 1970s. Bernie has worked on syllabus development for both the NSW Board of Studies and ACARA. He has won two NSW Premier’s History scholarships, an excellence in teaching award, and taught in England as a Commonwealth Exchange teacher. He has been a contributor to the Oxford Big Ideas History Australian Curriculum series.
Audience: Primary / High School
For Grades: 9
Published: 20th January 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press Australia
Weight (kg): 1.0