An interactive resource from the Australian of the Year Awards website that enables the viewing of the recipients of the awards from its conception in 1960 through the present, as well as providing snippets of information about each recipient.
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Research on the internet has yielded a huge potential source of improved resources, including unprecedented access to archive material, like this one from the Australian of the Year Awards website (Ruthven, Hennessy & Deaney, 2005, p. 2).
"Each year our nation celebrates the achievement and contribution of eminent Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards by profiling leading citizens who are role models for us all. They inspire us through their achievements and challenge us to make our own contribution to creating a better Australia." (Australian of the Year Awards; AOTYA; 2014, para. 1)
This is a fairly interactive resource that allows students to view the recipients of the Australian of the Year Awards from its conception in 1960 through to the present. Furthermore, it provides students with snippets of information about each recipient and their achievements, citizenship and contribution to both the local community and the global community (Gilbert and Hoepper, 2011, p. 185).
Much like the Australians at War resource, there are several avenues down which teachers could have their students tread while using this resource. One example of a lesson is to have students split into small groups of about two or three and use the resource to find a small number of Australian of the Year Award recipients and write a short fact sheet on each. Students could then leave their original groups and form some "expert groups" with students who looked at other recipients.
Board of Studies NSW (1998). Human Society and its Environment K-6 Syllabus. Retrieved from http://k6.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/go/hsie/
Gilbert, R., & Hoepper, B. (2011). Teaching society and environment. (4th ed.). South Melbourne: Cengage Learning Australia.
Ruthven, K., Hennessy, S., & Deaney, R. (2005). Incorporating Internet resources into classroom practice: pedagogical perspectives and strategies of secondary-school subject teachers. Computers & Education, 44, 1-34.