Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Independent investigation & inquiring learners

About this Illustration of Practice

The science coordinator uses the model of the International Baccalauréat Middle Years Program to introduce independent investigation skills to encourage enquiring learners. In this clip, the teacher discusses the Year 9 program where the CSIRO initiative known as CREST is used to develop high level thinking skills by enabling students to design scientific investigations of their choice. Science experts model to students how to develop and implement scientific method and process.

Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.1
Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Support colleagues using current and comprehensive knowledge of content and teaching strategies to develop and implement engaging learning and teaching programs.
  1. What research or models do you draw from to develop and implement engaging learning and teaching programs?
  2. How can new strategies be introduced to make information meaningful and enable students to apply recent learnings in new contexts?
Learning area
Year level
Year 9
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
Telopea Park School
Australian Capital Territory
Year level
Year 9
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Stage of schooling
School type
School location
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Telopea Park School was established in 1923, and since 1984 it has been a bi-national French–Australian school. The school operates with three streams, a K-6 bilingual stream, an English-French Stream 7–10 leading to the French Baccalauréat and a comprehensive 7–10 English stream. All secondary students undertake the Middle Years Program of the International Baccalauréat. The school is located in central southern Canberra, and has an international character with over 70 nationalities represented in the student population.
Content provider
Education Services Australia

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