Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Deep questioning to support research

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher supports the students to investigate the differences between meiosis and mitosis using a range of resources, including an animation and structured independent online research. The teacher uses deep questioning and targeted feedback to develop students' understanding of the content. The students demonstrate their understanding by creating their own instructional diagrams. Students who are having trouble with the content are guided to undertake further research.

Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.6
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Model high-level teaching knowledge and skills and work with colleagues to use current ICT to improve their teaching practice and make content relevant and meaningful.
  1. What strategies might you use to support students to undertake more independent research?
  2. What benefits might there be in supporting peer collaboration between students?
  3. What questioning techniques do you find most effective in deepening students' understanding of content?
Learning area
Year level
Year 12
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
John Monash Science School
Year level
Year 12
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John Monash Science School is the first school of its kind in Victoria and one of only three such specialist science providers in Australia. Opening for the first time in 2010 the facilities and infrastructure are multi-storey and based on a ‘learning commons’ design to facilitate the variety of flexible teaching and learning approaches characteristic of the school.  JMSS has formed strong partnerships with researchers and academics in a broad mix of scientific fields at Monash University. JMSS delivers its curriculum via a team teaching paradigm that supports teachers to collaborate and plan lessons around the needs of the students, allows for flexibility in teaching strategies and differentiating learning. Through this approach JMSS seeks to develop student skills in collaboration, team-work, compromise, creativity and problem-solving, and to accentuate more activity-based learning, project-based learning and genuine team-based inquiry which are all important in developing STEM knowledge and skills. All JMSS curriculum is accessible anywhere and anytime online to allow for seamless transitions between home and school.

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