Dr Alison Bedford, Data Analyst and IT Professional Development Coordinator, and Miss Emma Kann, Head of Department - Religious Education, presented at the History Teachers’ Association of NSW ‘Teaching History Symposium’. The two-day program also featured presentations from Australian academics and teachers.
Alison and Emma’s presentation ‘‘Socrates Heir: Having Student-Led Conversations with the Harkness Method’ was delivered to an audience of leading History teachers and university teacher-educators from around NSW and other states. The focus of the presentation was on how we teach history and the intention is to bring together teachers, teacher educators and academics to discuss and reflect on approaches to teaching history. Their presentation was very well received and they received many positive comments from the audience.
“Emma and I found the opportunity to share our practice with others valuable and received very positive feedback from attendees and organisers. It was also a wonderful professional development experience for us, as the keynote, Christine Counsell is a leading thinker in the teaching of history and her insights will help us further improve how we can support our students' historical understandings and skills. It was great to connect with History teachers from all over Australia. I am lecturing in a Teaching Secondary History course this semester at USQ, so it was also beneficial for me to connect with other teacher-educators and share our ideas about how to best prepare our next generation of beginning teachers and develop the profession” said Dr Bedford.