Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Interdisciplinarity for science & mathematics

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher explores in his class the question of, 'How can I act to improve human health?' The lesson concerns the application of science understanding to society, and in this way the teacher is able to draw in subjects such as history and humanities. The teacher emphasises that 'fertile questions' needs to be rich enough to sustain an interdisciplinary curriculum over several weeks. He supports his colleagues in developing this curriculum.

Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.2
Content selection and organisation
Career stage
Lead initiatives that utilise comprehensive content knowledge to improve the selection and sequencing of content into coherently organised learning and teaching programs.
  1. What strategies might you use to develop an interdisciplinary curriculum?
  2. How can you relate your lessons to society and the wider world?
  3. What collegial strategies and activities could you use in curriculum development?
Learning area
Year level
Year 10
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
Australian Science and Mathematics School (ASMS)
South Australia
Year level
Year 10
Year 11
Year 12
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The Australian Science and Mathematics School has a specific focus on science and mathematics education, while at the same time embedding other curriculum areas such as the humanities into that learning. It is located on the Flinders University campus. The teacher is the senior leader of interdisciplinary curriculum.

Content provider
AITSL Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

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