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Course Description

This course lays the foundations for historical inquiry in Years 7-10 History.

You will understand the basics of historical inquiry and an inquiry-based learning approach and will recognise the importance of evidence, including primary and secondary sources, in shaping historical narratives.

You will develop the ability to craft open-ended questions that stimulate curiosity, critical thinking and deep engagement with historical content, fostering an environment conducive to debates and discussions.

A range of teaching strategies and examples are provided to support you in using artefacts, maps and timelines to bolster engagement in historical inquiry.


History teachers in the early stages of their career. Non-subject specialists who are teaching a Year 7-10 History class. 

Teaching Standards

2.1.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area: Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities

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Do you teach in NSW? If so, this is relevant to you:

Completing Setting the Stage for Historical Inquiry in Years 7-10 History will contribute 2 hours of NSW Education Standards Education Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework, addressing standard descriptor 2.1.2 from the Australia Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Course curriculum

  • 1

    Course Introduction

    • The NSW Historical Inquiry Continuum K-10

    • The Historical Inquiry Continuum - Stages 4 and 5 NSW

  • 2

    Module 1: Understanding the Process of Historical Inquiry

    • Introduction to Module 1

    • Defining Historical Inquiry and Its Importance

    • Key Concepts in Historical Inquiry

    • Examples of Inquiry-Based Learning Approaches in History

    • Five Ways to Build a Foundation for Historical Inquiry

    • 1. Using Primary and Secondary Sources

    • 2. The Importance of Evidence in Shaping Historical Narratives

    • Examples of Evidence that can be useful for Years 7 and 8 History

    • 3. Encouraging a Detective Mindset

    • 4. Teaching Students to Question and Investigate

    • 5. Creating Historical Mysteries for Student Exploration

    • Classroom Example

    • Suggestions for Collaboration

    • Reflection Question

  • 3

    Module 2: Framing Questions for Maximum Engagement

    • Introduction to Module 2

    • Crafting Open-Ended Questions

    • The Challenges of Open-Ended Questions

    • Characteristics of Open-Ended Questions in History

    • Example of an Open-Ended Question that Teachers can use with Students

    • Stimulating Curiosity and Critical Thinking

    • Example of a Debate Question that can be used in Years 7-10 History

    • Example of a Compare and Contrast Question in Years 7 History

    • Classroom Example

    • Reflection Question

  • 4

    Module 3: Creating an Interactive Classroom Environment

    • Introduction to Module 3

    • Physical Classroom Set Up for History

    • Creating Interactive History Corners with Artefacts, Maps and Timelines

    • Using Artefacts, Maps and Timelines

    • Example Activities

    • Suggestions for Collaboration

    • Reflection Question

  • 5

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