Civics and Citizenship Education National Forum 2008

The National Civics and Citizenship Education Forum, ‘From Curriculum to Community – the impact of civics and citizenship education’, was held at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra on 2–3 June 2008.  

Officially opened by Professor Barry McGaw, the Chair of the National Curriculum Board, the forum aimed to:

  • raise awareness of the national agenda in civics and citizenship education; and
  • promote good teaching practice in civics and citizenship education in Australian schools.  

Each of the three keynote speakers addressed one aspect of the civics and citizenship statements of learning.

  • George Williams, Anthony Mason Professor, Faculty of Law, University of NSW spoke on Government and Law.
  • Jack Waterford, Editor at Large, The Canberra Times, spoke on Citizenship in a Democracy.  
  • Dr Peter Stanley, Director, Centre for Historical Research, National Museum of Australia spoke about Historical Perspectives.  

The 2008 Forum also included:

  • an intensive hands-on workshop on the civics and citizenship National Assessment focussing on the Key Performance Measures, questions and marking process;
  • a look at how to use portraiture to explore Australia’s civic history;
  • exemplars of best practice in civics and citizenship education; and 
  • workshops introducing suitable resources and education programs.  

See the report of the National Civics and Citizenship Education Forum 2008.  

National Civics and Citizenship Education Forum 2007 and 2006 reports are also available.

Report of the National Civics and Citizenship Education Forum