Deconstructing Memory: Joint Anzac Memorial / Sydney Jewish Museum teacher training
6 hours of NESA accredited professional development
Friday 1 November 2019
Cost: $70 - includes lunch and seminar materials
In partnership with the Sydney Jewish Museum, this full-day program will address areas of the Year 11 Core The Nature of Modern History, considering particularly History and Memory and
Representation and Commemoration of the Past. Held across both the Sydney Jewish Museum and the Anzac Memorial, teachers will consider how these spaces might be used as site
studies, unpacking the ways history and memory are inscribed in our buildings and understood by those who work within them.
Representations of Anzac | Extension History Study Day
9am - 3:30pm | Saturday 16 November, 2019
Cost: Teachers-$30 | Students-$20
Facilitated by Dr Jennifer Lawless, the former BOSTES History Inspector, a senior HSC marker and experienced History teacher. She lectures in History at Sydney, Macquarie and Western Sydney Universities. She has co-authored more than a dozen books on History – and been awarded the NSW Premier History Prize and the Australian Publishers Prize twice. Jennifer has been awarded a Churchill Scholarship and an Endeavour Research Award.
This Study Day is designed for both teachers and Year 12 Extension History students. It analyses the historical debate around the concept of Anzac.
Facilitated by Dr Jennifer Lawless, this Study Day will feature leading historians and educators who will lead our exploration of how the term Anzac has been used (and abused) for political, commercial and cultural gain. We trace the origins of the ‘spirit of Anzac’ from the landing at Gallipoli through to the 21st century. We look at how the Anzac legend grew to mythical proportions to capture the imagination of a nation.
Focusing on Constructing History Case Study - Option 23 of the new History Extension Syllabus, content will address the areas of the Birth of a Nation and the role of Anzac in politics and culture in Australia.
Study day program
- Overview of syllabus requirements. (Darren Tayler, NESA HSIE Inspector)
- Revisionist History - Perceptions & Interpretations: Issues of sources in areas of Anzac history – students to work through a variety of documents and issues: Eye-witness accounts, photographs, letters, official histories, official documents, issues of interpretations and perspectives. (Dr Jennifer Lawless)
- Morning Tea
- Birth of a Nation: Representations of Anzac in Australian politics and culture lecture/discussion of the role played by the Anzac Legend to the detriment of other aspects of Australian history such as Federation, social reforms. (Paul Kiem, Professional Officer, History Teacher’s Association of NSW)
- Tour of the Anzac Memorial and exhibition: purpose/symbolism; interpretations of the exhibition artifacts and presentation. (Anzac Memorial Learning Team and staff).
- Lunch break
- Anzac and Politics: presentation on the political use of Anzac. (Dr Jennifer Lawless and Learning Team)
- Devoted Service: the role of women in the Anzac legend. (Learning Team)
- Questions/ discussion followed by afternoon tea.