ABOUT THE EDUCATIONAL AUSTRALIAN CONSTITUTION CENTRE
The educational Australian Constitution Centre Exhibition opened at the High Court, Canberra, on 9 April 2018. It supports aspects of the Australian Curriculum HASS, Civics and Citizenship years 5 to 10. The project was funded by a grant from the Australian Government. The Exhibition and website have been completed through a collaboration between The Constitution Education Fund and the High Court of Australia.
Australian school need better resources to teach about our constitutional history and processes of government. In 2017 the ACARA civics and citizenship testing (NAP_CC)of year 10s resulted in only 38% of students meeting the proficient standard for their understanding of civics in Australia. This means 62% of students failed. Such results are likely to flow through to our communities and lead to a decline of engagement in civil society.
The teaching and learning website provides pre and post Exhibition visit resources. The resources support the Australian Curriculum and State/Territories Humanities Curriculums when teaching topics such as the story and workings of the Australian Constitution and the Australian system of government.
Topics covered in the Australian Constitution Centre teaching and learning program and resources include:
The teaching and learning resources also explore aspects of the contemporary core cross-curriculum topics including, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples studies, sustainability, and Australia’s role in Asia. Students discover how the Australian nation and civil society has changed through the process of constitutional evolution. Students learn how British settlement in 1788 brought with it the foundational principles, institutions, beliefs and values which would later give us our unique constitutional arrangements.
The resources website also links to related teaching and learning resources already provided by relevant organisations and institutions. The Australian Constitution Centre is not intended to duplicate programs and resources already offered by other educational stakeholders and institutions.
Can members of the public visit the Australian Constitution Centre?
How do I book my school group into the Australian Constitution Centre?