The Australian Curriculum has opened new possibilities with regard to technology and information and the role of the Teacher Librarian is more critical than it has been previously. As schools implement the Australian Curriculum over the next few years, Teacher Librarians need to be proactive ‘leaders’ as they support school executives and teachers, not just with resources but with embedding inquiry skills across the whole curriculum. Not only does inquiry appear in the various inquiry skills sequences presented within learning areas, but it is a major focus within the General Capabilities that apply to all subjects.
Teacher Librarians can promote the 7 General Capabilities:
– reading literacy – reading programs, new books, blogs, book clubs, author visits
– information literacy – Inquiry Learning
– digital literacy – incorporating technology into Inquiry Learning, Web 2.0 etc.
INFORMATION, TECHNOLOGY and INFORMATION (ICT)
– using digital tools to not only access information, but to create, discuss, share
and collaborate. This has transformed the way students connect, organise and share information.
CRITICAL and CREATIVE THINKING
– instead of ‘web-using’ we want students to become ‘web-learners’. This
involves higher order thinking skills that require them to evaluate web sites,
analyse the information, make inferences, compare and contrast information
from different sources and reflect on what they have learnt.
PERSONAL and SOCIAL CAPABILITY
– working in teams, self-management, direct own learning, reflect on opinions,
beliefs etc. Working collaboratively.
– as students and teachers use evolving technology, we need to develop
policies and clarify understandings around the correct use of this medium.
Teacher Librarians have an overview of the curriculum as well as see
students interacting with each other and technologies every day. It is our
responsibility to discuss issues around copyright, cyberbullying, plagiarism,
appropriate social networking, digital footprints, acceptable use etc.
‘The General Capabilities encompass the knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that, together with curriculum content and the cross-curriculum priorities, will assist
students to live and work successfully in the 21st century’. (Australian Curriculum, 2013)
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2013). General Capabilities in the Australian Curriculum. Retrieved 27 September, 2013, from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/GeneralCapabilities/Pdf/Overview