Great Debates—Conscription 2016

Great Debates: Conscription is designed for teachers and students of Year 9 Australian Curriculum: Humanities and Social Sciences. It enables them to investigate the variety of attitudes Australians had toward conscription a century ago.

While an event may be significant in our nation’s history, it will not always be of interest to young students. This resource is intended to engage students with, as well as educate them about, our political and wartime history.

Great Debates: Conscription is modelled on inquiry-based learning. It adopts a debate format using role-play of key characters. Students are not given the information synthesised but rather they are provided with primary and secondary sources to investigate from the perspective of an individual. Students must examine the evidence to ascertain what their character would most likely have felt about conscription.

Great Debates—Arguments against conscription—Tom Barker
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Great Debates—Arguments against conscription—Albert Blackmore
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Great Debates—Arguments against conscription—Vida Goldstein
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Great Debates—Arguments against conscription—Daniel Mannix
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Great Debates—Arguments against conscription—James Allen
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Great Debates—Arguments against conscription—Kitty Brill
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Great Debates—Arguments against conscription—William Hughes (PM)
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Great Debates—Arguments against conscription—Joseph Pike
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Great Debates—Rubrics
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Great Debates—Teachers' Guide
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Helpsheet Effective Debating
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