DEC Scan Journal : Volume 34 Issue 4
2015 Volume 34, Issue 4 20 Contents Editorial Reflections Teaching & learning Research Curriculum support Share this Resource reviews It is possible to align all the General Capabilities to GI, except Intercultural understanding which could be covered by the topic of the GI. Apart from the ISP/GID process, these are some of the major GI concepts: • third space: finding the intersection between school curriculum and the student’s interests and ways of knowing • inquiry community/inquiry circles: collaboration and communication drive GI, particularly in the use of inquiry community/inquiry circles • 6Cs: collaboration, conversation, composition, choosing, charting and continuing • culmination conversations • journals, logs and inquiry charts – information literacy • continuous reflection and feedback – steps in learning to learn/ metacognition. The closest General Capability to GI is Critical and creative thinking. Refer to the linked table to see the alignment of the Critical and creative thinking capability with the ISP/GID. ATC21S Australian Curriculum Ways of thinking Creativity and innovation Critical and creative thinking Critical thinking, problem solving & decision making Learning to learn and metacognition Personal capability Ways of working Communication Literacy Collaboration and teamwork Social capability Tools for working Information literacy ICT capability ICT literacy Numeracy Living in the world Citizenship – global and local Intercultural understanding Life and career Ethical understanding Personal and social responsibility Personal and social capability Figure 4 Comparison of skills: ATC21 and Australian Curriculum’s General Capabilities To the right of the diagram (Figure 3) is the GID process. This is intended to be used by teaching teams to create, schedule, implement, and assess the inquiry unit. It also describes what the inquiry community (the class) is doing at any given point, while giving students simple verbs to describe their process. The ISP and GID processes combined underlie GI, and can be written as ISP/GID. The ISP is what any individual will do when researching, (it is what each student does in an inquiry) and GID process is what the class, teachers and teacher librarians do in the creation and process of a GI. Why use the ISP/GID process? The most important reason why a school might choose the ISP/GID process is because it covers the steps the individual researcher takes (ISP), and the creation and delivery of inquiry tasks (GID). Inquiry tasks for students are proliferating and it is of the utmost importance that students internalise an information process to apply across the curriculum. Teachers and teacher librarians are being asked to design, resource and deliver inquiry tasks. The ISP/GID caters for the design and implementation of inquiry units, while GI can be aligned with the General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum and technological imperatives. General Capabilities: skills for 21C Even though the 21st century is well and truly underway, here is an overview of the much defined and debated 21st century skills from the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). 21st century education by AITSL The General Capabilities are Australia’s version of 21st century skills, as can be seen in this clip from a slideshare presented by Barry McGaw, Vice- Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Melbourne, Chair, ACARA (McGaw 2013). These are mapped in the table in Figure 4.
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