One of the best aspects of working with classes is the need for the teacher-librarian and Library assistant to engage with the subject’s content and engage with the Library catalogue offerings. This week Mrs. Bradbeer’s Year 11 English class was booked in to prepare for in class debates. Three topics were set (chosen from the Debating Association of Victoria) and each provided a research challenge in terms of locating information to underpin the arguments.
Debating skill development and examples – an OLIVER search revealed some debating resources explaining tactics, rules and protocols. These were displayed in the reading are where they were working during their English lesson, and the QR code below was added to a sign, linking them to an OLIVER search result of these titles and relevant websites.
The EBSCO data base offers a range of peer reviewed and newspaper articles, and ClickView has online video material to support the debaters with content generation in terms of their presentation and persuasion techniques. These resources are accessible to all students through SIMON (our learning management system).
The three topics:
- That parents should not be allowed to refuse medical treatment for their child.
2. That we should fear the development of artificial intelligence
3. That we should abolish the ATAR system of university entrance
· A summary of the ATAR system from VTAC: http://www.vtac.edu.au/results-offers/atar-explained.html
· In 2016 the Higher Education Standards Panel released a report on aspects of the ATAR system. You can read the report at https://www.education.gov.au/news/release-higher-education-standards-panel-report-improving-transparency-higher-education and a media article summarising the report at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-16/atar-system-criticised-by-panel-of-education-experts/8029482.
· An article considering alternative university entrance systems: http://theconversation.com/ideas-from-abroad-reforming-the-australian-university-admissions-system-63873
· A discussion on positive and negative aspects of the ATAR: http://theconversation.com/should-we-scrap-the-atar-what-are-the-alternative-options-experts-comment-55501
· A newspaper article about mental health and the VCE: http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/news/geelong/vce-anxiety-our-kids-are-worried-sick-about-school/news-story/9db67472d49464357f95e2110384f611
And the search techniques recommended for EBSCO:
It was wonderful to work with each group and observe their tactics, as well as support their content development and growing understanding of how to present a case for either the affirmative or the negative. I look forward to hearing about their debates and the results that the adjudicator arrives at when each participant presents their case.