HTWA National Conference 2012 – Perth

Western Australia will be hosting the History Teachers’ Association of Australia 2012 National History Conference.

Where: Perth College, 31 Lawley Crescent, Mt Lawley.

When: 2nd to 4th October (during the first week of the Western Australian school holidays)

What is the focus of the National Conference?

Entitled ‘My History, Your History, Our History’ A Conference Connectin, Local, National and Global Issues. The Conference will offer teachers a wide range of stimulating keynote speakers, discussion panels and practical workshops.

There will be sessions for primary and secondary teachers on:

  • the Australian Curriculum Foundation to Year 10
  • WACE History stages 2 and 3
  • pedagogy
  • information and communication technology
  • professional learning.

A conference for local, national, global voices The theme of the 2012 HTAA National Conference is ‘My History, Your History, Our History’ surveying local, national and the big picture of history, and then dissecting it to explore ways to make it all happen on the classroom. Months of planning has produced a program with a smorgasbord of choices for every delegate – something to tantalise the literate and literal palate of every delegate – thought-provoking speakers, motivating sessions, practical workshops on Australian curriculum, invigorating excursions, delicious food, fine wines, displays and extensive networking opportunities among the historic surrounds of Perth College in Mount Lawley.

Program Highlights:

  • Guest Speaker David Christian from Macquarie University will present the Big History Project and the involvement, in it, by Australian schools.
  • Hanifa Deen, Kaylene Poon, Dr John Yiannakis, Camha Sheehan and Dr Lesa Morgan will explore the impact their migration – from regions as dispersed as the Middle East, Greece, Ukraine and China – had on them, their families, their culture and Australia.
  • An Awkward Truth: The bombing of Darwin will be revealed by Line Producer, Karen Williams, and Director Steve Peddie, in their film of the same name.
  • Academic up-dates including the work of Michael Ondaatje on the Civil Rights Movement; Dr Mark Edele on Stalinism in Soviet Russia historiography; A/P Charlie Fox, on New Social Movements and the ‘Sixties’ in Australia and Dr Jane Davis on Finding Home: Colonists in southern Western Australia 1830-1907
  • Using historical fiction in the classroom with Jackie French, Mark Greenwood and Norman Jorgeson.

MOODLING History with classroom practitioners.

And just for fun:

Excursions including the Northbridge Cultural Precinct, King’s Park and Fremantle

Network dining around Mt Lawley and Northbridge

A Tour of Fremantle Gaol, followed by dinner in the World Heritage-listed Fremantle Gaol with Guest Speaker Mark Greenwood and Moondyne Joe.


Day One                Tuesday October 2               The Big History Picture

8.30 – 9.15             Registration

9.15 – 10.45          Welcome, house-keeping, Guest Speaker David Christian

10.45 – 11.15        Morning tea

11.15 – 12.15        Key note speakers: Ann Twomey, Jackie French

12.15 – 1.15          Workshop Session 1– Archive session on Perth College during WW2

1.15 – 2.00             Lunch

2.00 – 3.00             Workshop session 2 Film, The Bombing of Darwin: An Awkward Truth

3.00 – 3.30             Plenary session, collection of certificates, evaluation sheets

Day 2                     Wednesday October 3         My history, your history

8.30 – 9.00             Registration

9.00 – 10.15          Panel discussion: The stories of our migrants and their impact on our nation

10.15 – 10.45        Morning tea

10.45 – 11.45        Workshop session 3

11.45 – 12.45        Workshop Session 4

12.45 – 1.30          Lunch

1.30 – 3.30             Workshop Session 5: A choice of excursions and activities.

Excursion 1 Northbridge triangle, Museum, State Library, Art Gallery

Excursion 2 Kings Park; The Swan River settlement from an indigenous perspective

Excursion 3 The Army Museum, the Maritime Museum

Activity 1: Viewing and analysis of the film The Bombing of Darwin: An Awkward Truth.

3.30 – 3.45             Collection of certificates, evaluation sheets

Conference Dinner – Tour of Fremantle prison, followed by Conference Dinner

Day 3                     Thursday October 4             Our history in the classroom

8.30 – 9.00             Registration

9.00 – 10.15          Concurrent session: ‘A Current Perspective on Australian Curriculum’ with Louise Secker and Marilyn Lake

10.15 – 10.45        Morning tea

10.45 – 11.45        Workshop Session 6

11.45 – 12.45        Workshop Session 7

12.45 – 1.30          Lunch

1.30 – 2.30             Workshop Session 8

2.30 – 3.30             Workshop Session 9

3.30 – 3.45             Collection of certificates, evaluation sheets

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