A recently completed project has sought to identify the characteristics of accomplished geography teaching and develop a set of standards for the teaching of geography in Australian schools. A distinctive feature of the research, and the main focus of this article, was the incorporation of student perspectives on the nature of high quality geography teaching. For the project, researchers observed the classroom practices of a range of high-performing geography teachers, supplemented by interviews with teachers and students. The project involved eight schools across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia representing all three sectors and both metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas.
The Catholic Education Office Melbourne has introduced a new learning and teaching framework, building on the results of its Middle Years Literacy Project over the last eight years – Literacy Learning: the Middle Years.