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Thursday, 1 January 2009
Foundation Principles
Topic: AAB-Education Centre

Education Centre - Foundation Principles

The Australian Light Horse Studies Centre in conjunction with the various Education authorities in Australia, has embarked upon producing a program of instruction targeted initially towards the Later Adolescence band of scholars, characteristically those who are studying in Year 9 and 10 within Australia. Each lesson will be a self contained module. Some will be more difficult than others and graded accordingly.

Issues examined include:

1. The “White Guard” guerrilla force defending Australia
2. August 1914
3. Recruiting and training
4. Embarkation
5. Gallipoli
6. Sinai
7. Beersheba
8. Life in Australia during the Great War
9. Keep the home fires burning.
10. German Anzacs
11. Aboriginal Light Horsemen
12. Myths and Legends


Teachers

The material will be arranged to allow the teacher the ability to choose a  module as a single lesson - it will have its own lesson plan - or part of an expansive conversation with the students. Included within the lesson plan are all the resource material required to complete the basic learning outcomes. In addition, other material on the will be referenced on the Australian Light Horse Studies Centre should the module be utilised as a larger theme.

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The material is designed to enhance exploration rather than being didactic. An outline will be given with links to resource material. The material will require different levels of analytical ability to reach an outcome. Students are actively encouraged to work in groups with the purpose of task allocation, cooperation and discussion of the material. Apart from the material on the site, students will be encouraged to seek other sources too.

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All material will be as authentic as possible. In addition, material for students will follow the parental guidance codes and thus be appropriate for the age group.

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All lessons and material presented will comply with the Curriculum framework for ACT schools - Later adolescence, specifically dealing with the following learning principles:

History

21 LA.2. How government policies have affected Indigenous peoples and their pursuit of citizenship rights;
 
21.LA.3. The development of multiculturalism in Australia and changes in government policies on issues including immigration and their impact; and,
 
21 LA.4. The events, people and movements that shaped the development of Australia (e.g. colonisation and expansion, development of governments, participation in major wars) and the contexts in which events and actions occurred (e.g. social and economic context, motivation and beliefs of individuals).


Contemporary society

21.LA.5. Contemporary and future issues and challenges facing Australian society; and,
 
21 LA.6. Ways in which Australia is presented, nationally and internationally (e.g. stereotypes of Australian people and places).


In the later adolescence band of development, students have opportunities to learn to:

21. LA.7. Select and apply geographical tools and processes (e.g. maps, graphs, photographs, flow charts, fieldwork, action research) to gather, interpret and present geographical information on Australia;
 
21. LA.8: Analyse sources, perspectives, theories and gaps in narrative accounts of Australia and Australians; and,
 
21. LA.9. Sequence historical events and relevant contextual information to explain and create narrative accounts of Australia and Australians.


The topics are subject to change in accordance with demand and needs.

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Educators and students are encouraged to give ideas as to the items they would like, problems with the site and any other issues. To do so, at the bottom right hand corner of this entry, is a link with the title: Post Comment. This is done to avoid spam filling the email address. Once the comment is logged, a response will be forthcoming as soon as possible.
 


Citation: Foundation Principles

Posted by Project Leader at 11:01 PM EAST
Updated: Tuesday, 3 March 2009 9:28 AM EAST
Wednesday, 31 December 2008
The White Guard guerrilla force defending Australia
Topic: AAB-Education Centre

The Australian Light Horse Studies Centre, in conjunction with the various Education authorities in Australia, has embarked upon producing a program of instruction targeted initially towards the Later Adolescence band of scholars, characteristically those who are studying in Year 9 and 10 within Australia or of the 14-15 year cohort. Each lesson will be a self contained module. Some will be more difficult than others and graded accordingly.

Each lesson is divided into six elements:
1.    Framework of the lesson within the curriculum requirements;
2.    A lesson plan;
3.    Teaching aids;
4.    A student guide;
5.    Age appropriate resources for student access; and,
6.    Reliable third party resources.

The lessons may be treated as one or expanded to a few lessons, depending upon the depth wished to be pursued. Students are able to follow up at their own pace should they wish to do so outside of any directed academic activity.

For the members of the worldwide audience who are interested in understanding the basic elements of the Australian Light Horse movement, the forms a simple gateway to that process and thus this section should not only be treated as exclusive to Australian school students but as part of a resource for the wider community.

 

Topic 1.

The “White Guard” guerrilla force defending Australia

 

The origins of various Light Horse formations differ in each state. By the 1880’s most states had Volunteer Light Horse units operating although their efficiency was dubious and viewed by many as a social club. The Boer War and Federation focused the attention of Australians on the method of defending a lightly populated continent. The Light Horse was seen as pivotal in this defence scheme.

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Citation: The White Guard guerrilla force defending Australia

Posted by Project Leader at 11:01 PM EAST
Updated: Monday, 2 March 2009 9:43 PM EAST
August 1914
Topic: AAB-Education Centre

The Australian Light Horse Studies Centre, in conjunction with the various Education authorities in Australia, has embarked upon producing a program of instruction targeted initially towards the Later Adolescence band of scholars, characteristically those who are studying in Year 9 and 10 within Australia or of the 14-15 year cohort. Each lesson will be a self contained module. Some will be more difficult than others and graded accordingly.

Each lesson is divided into six elements:
1.    Framework of the lesson within the curriculum requirements;
2.    A lesson plan;
3.    Teaching aids;
4.    A student guide;
5.    Age appropriate resources for student access; and,
6.    Reliable third party resources.

The lessons may be treated as one or expanded to a few lessons, depending upon the depth wished to be pursued. Students are able to follow up at their own pace should they wish to do so outside of any directed academic activity.

For the members of the worldwide audience who are interested in understanding the basic elements of the Australian Light Horse movement, the forms a simple gateway to that process and thus this section should not only be treated as exclusive to Australian school students but as part of a resource for the wider community.

 

Topic 2.

August 1914

 

The drought, water shortages, falling land productivity, high unemployment, government infighting and international tensions filled the anxieties of Australians in 1914. All these conditions seem very contemporary to any Australian. For the public, the Great War was something “over there”, like all wars, and had little impact on the society. Give a few speeches, sign up a twenty thousand volunteers and by the time they are ready to fight the war would be over. Five years later would prove that this optimism was poorly placed.

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Citation: August 1914

Posted by Project Leader at 11:01 PM EAST
Updated: Monday, 2 March 2009 9:35 PM EAST
Recruiting and training
Topic: AAB-Education Centre

The Australian Light Horse Studies Centre, in conjunction with the various Education authorities in Australia, has embarked upon producing a program of instruction targeted initially towards the Later Adolescence band of scholars, characteristically those who are studying in Year 9 and 10 within Australia or of the 14-15 year cohort. Each lesson will be a self contained module. Some will be more difficult than others and graded accordingly.

Each lesson is divided into six elements:
1.    Framework of the lesson within the curriculum requirements;
2.    A lesson plan;
3.    Teaching aids;
4.    A student guide;
5.    Age appropriate resources for student access; and,
6.    Reliable third party resources.

The lessons may be treated as one or expanded to a few lessons, depending upon the depth wished to be pursued. Students are able to follow up at their own pace should they wish to do so outside of any directed academic activity.

For the members of the worldwide audience who are interested in understanding the basic elements of the Australian Light Horse movement, the forms a simple gateway to that process and thus this section should not only be treated as exclusive to Australian school students but as part of a resource for the wider community.

 

Topic 3.

Recruiting and training

 

Induction in the Light Horse was a complex process requiring a certain level of skills prior to the acceptance of the recruit. Once in the Light Horse, there were fundamental activities that needed to be learnt. This included basic infantry training, equitation, cavalry training and maintaining the horse. This lesson looks at all these aspects of Light Horse life in the context of the training camps located near the state capital cities.

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Citation: Recruiting and training

Posted by Project Leader at 11:01 PM EAST
Updated: Monday, 2 March 2009 9:34 PM EAST
Embarkation
Topic: AAB-Education Centre

The Australian Light Horse Studies Centre, in conjunction with the various Education authorities in Australia, has embarked upon producing a program of instruction targeted initially towards the Later Adolescence band of scholars, characteristically those who are studying in Year 9 and 10 within Australia or of the 14-15 year cohort. Each lesson will be a self contained module. Some will be more difficult than others and graded accordingly.

Each lesson is divided into six elements:
1.    Framework of the lesson within the curriculum requirements;
2.    A lesson plan;
3.    Teaching aids;
4.    A student guide;
5.    Age appropriate resources for student access; and,
6.    Reliable third party resources.

The lessons may be treated as one or expanded to a few lessons, depending upon the depth wished to be pursued. Students are able to follow up at their own pace should they wish to do so outside of any directed academic activity.

For the members of the worldwide audience who are interested in understanding the basic elements of the Australian Light Horse movement, the forms a simple gateway to that process and thus this section should not only be treated as exclusive to Australian school students but as part of a resource for the wider community.

 

Topic 4.

Embarkation
 
 
Moving thousands of men and horses from Australia to Egypt was a massive undertaking. Ship life was tough and monotonous where training was undertaken. In the meantime, the horses needed to be maintained as they travelled with the men. On board, men were sea sick and horses suffered from pneumonia while each horse needed to be exercised and its stall cleaned twice a day. It was a tough ordeal which lasted for about four weeks. After landing in Egypt, the horses had to be gradually acclimatised to the conditions and food. This lesson attempts to capture that experience through the voices of the soldiers.

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Advanced Material

Note: This Topic is still under construction.

 

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Citation: Embarkation

Posted by Project Leader at 11:01 PM EAST
Updated: Monday, 2 March 2009 9:33 PM EAST

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