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Economics and Business Educators of NSW

From the President

17  June 2013

ACARA Draft Years 5-10 Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business now open for public consultation

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has released the draft curriculum Years 5–10 Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business for public consultation.

EBE NSW acknowledges the expert input and advice contributed by the ACARA Advisory Group, curriculum writers from across Australia, and the ACARA project manager Susan Caldis in realising the target of production and publication of the draft curriculum for Economics and Business. This is, as ACARA has stated, “a significant step forward in the education of all young Australians in relation to the study of Economics and Business”.
 
ACARA has produced an information sheet based on the draft curriculum which could be used  with teachers, academics, parents and other members of the community. An idea is to produce a news item for your school newsletter using the information sheet. ACARA welcomes feedback on the draft curriculum by teachers, academics, parents, students and other community members through its online survey or through a written submission using the written feedback cover sheet available on the ACARA website. Following consultation and in response to the feedback the draft Years 5–10 Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business will be revised for the ACARA Board and Ministerial approval prior to publication on the Australian Curriculum website in late 2013. Consultation is open until 19 July 2013.
 
EBE NSW has devised a plan for consultation with members including the establishment of a specific purpose working party, a survey and a webinar to canvass further opinion and feedback.
 
Please email EBE NSW if you would like to be a member of the EBE NSW specific purpose working party on the draft curriculum – admin@ebe.nsw.edu.au
 
EBE NSW will hold a webinar on the draft curriculum on Tuesday 18 June 2013 from 7pm – 8.30pm. Join the webinar for an overview of the draft curriculum by Professor John Lodewijks (School of Business, University of Western Sydney). Professor Lodewijks was a member of the ACARA expert advisory group who had oversight of the development of the draft curriculum and is a Director of EBE NSW. Following John’s overview, participants will have a chance to ask questions and offer feedback on the key directions, content and structure which have been proposed. EBE NSW encourages both primary and secondary school teachers to read and discuss the draft curriculum and to participate in the webinar.
 
It is critical that individual teachers, school faculties and other members of the community provide feedback about the draft curriculum.
  • Is this what you wish to see in the school curriculum across Australia from 2015 in Years 5 – 10?
  • Is this what students need to learn to be successful and confident citizens? How might the 5-10 curriculum influence what subjects are chosen by Year 10 students when selecting senior subjects?
  • Has the ACARA Shape paper for the Australian curriculum in Economics and Business been given due consideration?
The ABC TV program “Behind The News” aired a story (“School Economics”) on 5 February 2013 about the news that Economics will be taught in primary schools. This story is available on the "Behind The News" website.
 

ACARA Draft Years 3 – 10 Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship now open for public consultation

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has released the draft Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship for public consultation. The Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding strand in the draft curriculum comprises three key focus areas at each year level: Government and democracy; Laws and citizens; and Citizenship, diversity and identity. What do you want taught in primary school?  Years 7 and 8? Years 9 and 10? How might the 3-10 curriculum influence what subjects are chosen by Year 10 students when selecting senior subjects? Has the ACARA Shape paper for the Australian curriculum in Civics and Citizenship been given due consideration?
 
ACARA has produced an information sheet based on the draft curriculum which could be used  with teachers, academics, parents and other members of the community. An idea is to produce a news item for your school newsletter using the information sheet. ACARA welcomes feedback on the draft curriculum by teachers, academics, parents, students and other community members through its online survey or through a written submission using the written feedback cover sheet available on the website. Following consultation and in response to the feedback the draft Years 3–10 Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship will be revised for the ACARA Board and Ministerial approval prior to publication on the Australian Curriculum website in late 2013. Consultation is open until 19 July 2013. Your views on the draft curriculum will assist EBE’s formal response to ACARA on the draft curriculum. Please fill out our survey.
 

2013 EBE NSW Annual Conference a huge success

 
 Mr Robert Randall,  Mr Lindsay Swan and Mr Joe Alvaro
The 2013 EBE NSW Annual Conference was held on 17 May 2013 at Pymble Ladies’ College, Pymble. There were over 100 educators from NSW and overseas in attendance engaging in professional learning and growth, networking with other colleagues,  hearing from publishers about the latest textbooks and study guides and collecting free resources to take back to their classroom. Congratulations to Ms Rowan Peterson from Norfolk Island Central School who was successful with her application for an EBE NSW  professional development grant which enabled her to attend the conference free of charge and help with her travel expenses to Sydney. The EBE Board of Directors were pleased to assist the staff and students of of Norfolk Central Island School through this grant. The photo above shows from left to right: Robert Randall, Lindsay Swan and Joe Alvaro.
 
Keynote speaker, Mr Robert Randall, CEO ACARA, who spoke on the Australian Curriculum in Economics and Business and the importance of developing a curriculum that will make a difference to young people’s lives. Mr Lindsay Swan, Inspector HSIE, Board of Studies NSW spoke about the implications of the curriculum for NSW schools.
 
Conference delegates were also able to hear from other keynote speakers including:
  • Professor Roy Green, Dean, University Of Technology Sydney Business School on “The impacts of globalisation in the Australian context”
  • Dr Tony Stokes, Senior Lecturer in Economics, Australian Catholic University on “The changing nature of the labour market in Australia”
  • Mr Scott Marriott, Manager – Professional Learning, Australian Securities and Investments Commission on “Consumer and financial literacy education in schools – from national leadership to local implementation”
  • Mr Chris Thompson – Project Manager – RoSA, Board of Studies NSW on “Assessment for RoSA Preliminary grades for Business Studies, Economics and Legal Studies”.
There were also a range of workshops for conference delegates to choose from covering Business Studies, Commerce, Economics and Legal Studies. EBE NSW thanks conference delegates for all their feedback which will be analysed by the EBE NSW Board and Staff and used to plan next year’s annual conference. EBE NSW thanks all presenters at the conference and the staff at PLC, Pymble for contributing to the success of the conference.
 

Next EBE NSW professional development event – “Teaching Year 12 HSC Business Studies, Economics or Legal Studies for the first time in Term 4, 2013/2014?” – 19 August 2013 

The “Teaching Year 12 HSC Business Studies, Economics or Legal Studies for the first time in Term 4, 2013/2014?” PD course will be held on Monday 19 August, 2013 from 4pm – 6.45pm at Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle. 
 
This course has been designed for beginning teachers and experienced teachers who are  teaching Year 12 HSC Business Studies, Economics or Legal Studies for the first time in Term 4, 2013/2014.    It will also be beneficial for teachers who have already taught these courses but who need a refresher course.  Each subject session will look at effective teaching and learning strategies designed to engage students based on the current Board of Studies NSW syllabuses. Subject specific programming ideas and assessment procedures and techniques will be covered. Useful teaching and learning resources will be available for each participant. The course will be presented by experienced teachers and HSC markers who will share their own experiences during their challenging early years of teaching and how they coped, as well as insights gained from HSC marking. 
 
Participants are asked to email or post a copy of a resource (worksheet, assessment task etc.) to EBE NSW to share with colleagues in your subject session. EBE NSW will distribute the resources received to participants in the relevant subject session.

>> Further information and registration form
 

Australian Catholic University HSC Economics Revision Day – 9 July 2013 

A free HSC Economics Revision Day by the Australian Catholic University will be held on Tuesday 9th July 2013 ( the second week of the end of term 2 school holidays) at the Australian Catholic University, 25A Barker Road, Strathfield. The program, presented by Dr Tony Stokes and Dr Sarah Wright will, consist of: 
  • A lecture on “The state of the Australian Economy”
  • A question and answer revision session of HSC Economics topics 
  • Information on ACU’s 3 year Bachelor of Arts and Economics degree.
Students will need to register on line at www.acu.edu.au and click on “University Experience”.
 

Board of Studies NSW releases 2013 HSC Examination Timetable

2013 HSC Legal Studies Examination – Day 4 – 17 October 2013
2013 HSC Economics Examination – Day 10 – 25 October 2013
2013 HSC Business Studies Examination – Day 11 – 28 October 2013
 
More information is available on the Board of Studies NSW website.

2013 EBE NSW Trial HSC Examinations

The order form for the 2013 EBE NSW Trial HSC Business Studies, Economics and Legal Studies examination papers is now available. Relevant past papers are also available for purchase. The examination papers have been designed by EBE Directors and include marking guidelines. Special prices apply to members of EBE NSW.
>> Order form
 

2013 CPA Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition

Entries to the 2013 CPA PYOE Competition are now open from individual students  or groups of students. This competition has direct links to:
- Topic 3 - Business Studies - Prelim. - "Business Planning"
- Option 11 - Commerce - Running a Business
- Option 2 - Commerce - Promoting and Selling
 
The website for the brochure and application form is http://www.cpaaustralia.com.au/cps/rde/xchg/cpa-site/hs.xsl/become-plan-your-own-enterprise.html. The winning plan for 2012 and the judge’s comments are also available on this website. Please ensure all PYOE entries are with EBE NSW no later than 5pm 28 August 2013. The PYOE 2103 NSW Awards Ceremony will be held on 15 October 2013.
 

Tax, Super + You Competition
This competition is designed for students to use the online education resource, “Tax, Super + You” produced by the Australian Taxation Office. Students will be required to create a video about Australia’s tax and super systems that addresses one of the competition topics. 

More details on the competition and how to enter are available at ato.gov.au/tsycompetition. The competition closes on 31 October 2013.
If you attended the Business Educators Australasia Biennial Conference last year in Sydney, you may have attended the workshop “Teaching tax and super in schools” which was based on the online education resource referred to above. This competition will be a good way to use the resource with your students if you had not yet had an opportunity to do so.
 

Television Program – “Q and A – An audience with Bill Gates”
The ABC program “Q and A” recently screened an interview with Bill Gates, Chairman & Founder of Microsoft and Philanthropist. The program and transcript are available on the “Q and A” website, as is a “Discuss the questions” section.

 

Australian Human Rights Commission Event
Professor Geoff Gallop - RightsTalk: Stigma is still the number one issue – Thursday 25 July 2013, 1pm – 2.15pm

The Australian Human Rights Commission RightsTalk  forums are  for members of the   public to come together to discuss, debate, discuss, argue and learn about human rights issues. Stigma remains the number one issue for individuals with mental health illness. It is a barrier for people who need to present for treatment not just because it distorts public perceptions of illness but also because it is often internalised by the sufferer. Unfortunately, however, the sources of our prejudice lie deep within our culture and are difficult to shift. They take us to issues of human freedom and human difference – and how they are perceived.
 
Venue: Australian Human Rights Commission 
Level 3, 175 Pitt Street 
Sydney, New South Wales 2000
Australia 
This is a free event but registrations are essential (places are limited to 100).
The Board of Studies NSW Legal Studies syllabus requires students to study “Human Rights” as a core HSC topic. For the preliminary Legal Studies course, students may study “People who have a mental illness or an intellectual or physical disability” as a contemporary issue in Part III: Law in practice.

After attending school in Geraldton, Professor Geoff Gallop studied at University of WA, Oxford and Murdoch Universities. From 1986 to 2006 he was a Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly.  Professor Gallop was a Minister in the Lawrence Labor Government from 1990 to 1993, the Leader of the Opposition from 1996 to 2001 and the Premier of Western Australia from 2001 to 2006. After retiring from politics he was appointed Professor and Director of the Graduate School of Government, The University of Sydney, a position he still holds. He chairs the Australia Awards Board for the Commonwealth Government and from 2007 to 2011 was Deputy Chair of the COAG Reform Council. In 2008 he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia.
 

The University of Sydney: Sydney Ideas Free Public Lectures 

The following event is free but requires registration at sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas/. EBE members are encouraged to attend and submit a report based on the event for “The EBE Journal”.
 
The Productivity Zombie
Monday 24 June 2013, 6pm – 7.30pm, The University of Sydney
 
The Evatt Foundation has brought together a panel of distinguished speakers to present critical perspectives on productivity, the most resilient concept in public debate over the direction of Australia’s economic policy since the 1980s. What do policy-makers and commentators mean when they talk about productivity? What is the relationship between productivity, social justice and the environment? Was the 1998 waterfront dispute a watershed in raising stevedoring productivity? Do the Gonski reforms offer the prospect of creating real life in place of the dead ideas that continue to walk among us?
 
Panellists:
Carmen Lawrence , Professional fellow at the University of Western Australia.
John Quiggin, Professor of Economics at the University of Queensland
Christopher Sheil, fellow at the University of NSW
Frank Stilwell, emeritus professor of political economy at the University of Sydney.
 
Chaired by Anna York, secretary of the Evatt Foundation.
 

2013 Commonwealth Bank Foundation Teaching Awards now open

The release of the ACARA Draft Australian curriculum in Economics and Business once again reminds us of the importance of consumer and financial literacy for all students K-12. More teachers now are exploring innovative ways of supporting their students in the acquisition of essential life skills of money management. If you are one of these teachers apply for a teaching award and grant of $10,000 to support the teaching and learning of financial literacy in your school. 15 awards have been made available by the CBF. The awards close on 7 June 2013.
See https://www.teachingawards.com.au for further information.
 

NSW Government “Great Teaching, Inspired Learning”
The NSW Minister for Education, the Hon Adrian Piccoli MP, released the discussion paper “Great Teaching, Inspired Learning” in 2012. EBE NSW made a submission to the paper which is published in the latest edition of “The EBE Journal” as well as at www.schools.nsw.edu.au/greatteaching/. This year two follow up documents were released:

  • “Great Teaching, Inspired Learning – Analysis of responses to the discussion paper”
  • “Great Teaching, Inspired Learning – A blueprint for action”
Read these documents and keep up to date with these important developments in education policy which affect our students at www.schools.nsw.edu.au/greatteaching/.
 

Did you know?

On the Board of Studies NSW website under “Years 7-10 Syllabuses – HSIE – Commerce” there is a “Commerce Years 7-10 Advice on Programming and Assessment” document which includes sample units of work and assessment tasks on the Commerce topics, “Consumer Choice” and “Political Action”.
 

Latest issue of The EBE Journal (2012 - Issue 2)

EBE Journal
If you have still not read the latest “The EBE Journal” (2012 - Issue 2) or if you still have more articles to read, it is available on the EBE NSW website. It is available to current EBE members after they  login to the website. Please register to obtain a username and password if you have not done so already. Some of the outstanding articles in the latest issue include:
  • Interview with Ross Gittins: Sydney Morning Herald Economics Editor
  • Retuning Australia’s Economic Debate – John Conroy (This article looks at the declining number of students studying Economics at school).
  • Dialogic Concept Mapping for HSC Business Studies – Cameron Esslemont
  • Rule of Law Critical to Consumer Law – Nick Clark, Rule of Law Institute of Australia
  • 2012 CPA Australia – Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition National Winner – Division One 
  • Business Studies and Legal Studies Textbook Reviews
The journal also contains an interview with Maree Gibson, a teacher at the Australian International School in Malaysia, who teaches the Board of Studies NSW Business Studies, Commerce and Legal Studies courses at the school.
 

Past issues of "The EBE Journal"

Some past issues of “The EBE Journal” are available on the EBE NSW  website and contain some useful teaching and learning resources. For example in Issue 1, 2010 there is a comprehensive article by Lyn Kirkby on “Helping our Economics  students to write extended responses”.
 

Articles needed for the next issue of “The EBE Journal”

All members are invited to submit an article for publication in the next edition of  “The EBE Journal”  (please email us at admin@ebe.nsw.edu.au).  Contributing to the journal is one way to demonstrate professional competence, accomplishment or leadership for the purposes of accreditation with the NSW Institute of Teachers. It is also an effective way to engage in professional dialogue and sharing with other teachers.
 

EBE NSW Helpdesk

As always EBE NSW Directors are available for advice and assistance to members in relation to the teaching and learning of Business Studies, Commerce, Economics and Legal Studies. Email helpdesk@ebe.nsw.edu.au.
 
Head Teachers /Coordinators are reminded to forward this e-newsletter to all teachers in their department who teach Business Studies, Commerce, Economics and Legal Studies.
 
I look forward to participating in our webinar with you on 18 June 2013.

Regards,
Joe Alvaro
President — Economics and Business Educators NSW

Looking back 
 
1 June 1910 - The NSW Aborigines Protection Act is enacted, setting out procedures re the taking of children considered to be neglected so they can be brought up in orphanages.
 
1 June 1952 - Education reformer, John Dewey, dies. He promoted the idea of learning by doing. He believed that the curriculum should be based on students’ interests and should involve them in active experiences.
 
8 June 1983 - The world’s first test-tube triplets, Aaron and sisters Chenara and Jessica Guare, are born in Adelaide.
 
20 June 1899 - The Yes vote wins in a NSW referendum for federation, reversing an 1888 No verdict.
 
20 June 1988 - The $2 coin goes into circulation, replacing the $2 note. Some people complain that the copper-alloy coin is too small.
 
21 June 1879 - Frank Winfield Woolworth opened his second Woolworth store in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, leading to what would become the largest department store chain in the world. His first store, which opened the previous year in Utica, New York, failed (keep going and don’t quit!).
 
Quick statistic from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011 Census
In Australia, of people aged 15 years and over, 70.0% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 27.8% provided care for children and 10.9% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 17.8% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.
 
Attitude to money
“Earn as much as you can. Save as much as you can. Invest as much as you can. Give as much as you can”
- John Wesley
 
Quote
“Curriculum should be based on students’ interests and should involve them in active experiences” 
- John Dewey, Education reformer

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