Discovering Democracy Project 2003-2004

Promotion of Discovering Democracy to Teachers

The Australian Federation of Societies for Studies of Society and Environment (AFSSSE) was contracted by the Department of Education, Science and Technology (DEST) organised a series of nationwide activities addressing Values Education, Civics and Citizenship across Australia. The reports of the activities can be accessed through the links set out in the table below. Read the final AFSSSE Report (PDF) on the Project.


Host Group





The Mayor of Launceston addressed the topic Youth, Connectedness, Citizenship. Focus questions included values issues. Questions from the Tasmanian Essential Learnings Framework were used to guide debate and discussion. Invitees, through the Principals, included all secondary school teachers in the state.

Report (PDF) on

  • Youth, Connectedness, Citizenship - A Forum for teachers and students
  • The Visions and Values of a Democratic Society: Essential Learnings and social responsibility

November 2003



A forum organised in partnership with the Civics and Citizenship Project Officer for the ACT Department of Education, Youth and Family Services, and the Discovering Democracy project officer in the ACT. The forum involved 120 participants focusing on civics and citizenship values, and the nature of global/international citizenship – what it means to be an Australian citizen.

November 2003



Comview Conference - Program included 3 days, 4 strands (one a full day strand on civics and citizenship education featuring Discovering Democracy and values education). Two thousand teachers attended the conference and choose from sessions in the strands. Teachers of Business Studies, Environmental Studies and Social Education were invited.

  • Report (PDF) of the presentations.

November 2003



A "think tank" to respond to the Values Education Study. Schools involved in the study were invited to attend and take part in discussions, which allowed the Discovering Democracy curriculum resources and the Studies of Society and the Environment key values to be used as reference points. Participants evaluated where implicit, explicit and hybrid approaches to teaching values might be used. The emphasis was on producing a list of practical strategies that teachers might use to teach about, through and for values for citizenship. Teachers Geography and Studies of Society and the Environment were invited.

March 2004


A seminar investigating the teaching of SOSE with particular emphasis on values education, SOSE outcomes and teaching in rural areas. Links were made to the Discovering Democracy curriculum resources. A cross-curricular approach was used to allow teachers from a variety of disciplines to attend. Approximately twenty teachers were released for the day to investigate these issues. Teachers also planned units of work.

February/March 2004

Western Australia


An electronic survey was distributed to invite participants to respond to the Values Education Study. Teachers of Geography, History and Business Studies were particularly targeted.

Summary of responses from survey (PDF)

March-June 2004

South Australia


Report on the professsional development activity titled: 'Sustainability: Practise & Passion' (PDF)

March 2004

Northern Territory


An online discussion for teachers, students and parents. The discussion focused on values education, civics and citizenship and how to be an active citizen in a remote area. The network was broadened to include personnel from the Darwin Museum . View discussion topics, focus questions and comments posted.

30 April 2004

Commonwealth of Australia [2004]
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