Annual Report 1991 Department of Education
Tabled Paper 1288
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EDUCATION Science was also heavily involved in national developments, with the appointment of a Northern Territory representative as the gender equity officer on the national writing team. Further progress was made towards the development of a new junior secondary Science curriculum, while trials were conducted of moderation procedures for Year 10 Science in preparation for their full implementation in 1992. A series of short television programs, Science Territory, was broadcast several times per week on Channel 8 in Darwin early in the year and on Imparja Television between June and December. A joint initiative of the Department of Education, the Northern Territory Chamber of Mines and Petroleum and the Science Teachers Association of the Northern Territory, the series was made with the sponsorship of BHP Petroleum. The adoption of a more rigorous approach to Social Education was foreshadowed by the conducting of a Social Literacy inservice program for primary and secondary teachers in the major urban centres, while trials of the concept in several schools provided information to assist the continuing review of the Board of Studies approved curriculum for Years T-10. The success of schools' Arts programs was again demonstrated by events such as eisteddfods, the Rock Eisteddfod, the annual Beat production in Darwin and performances during the Arafura Games, as well as through community and school visual arts and crafts displays and music, drama and dance productions. The individual Arts professional associations jointly elected a representative to the Combined Professional Associations Conference Group which assists the Department in determining funding priorities for the profes sional development of teachers. Health and Physical Education remained an area of high priority with the introduction, on a pilot basis, of the 'School Development in Health' program and the publication of a major health education resource for Aboriginal schools, Health Is Life. Re visionofthecompulsorycomponentsofthesecondary curriculum inTechnical Studies began, with major emphasis on the development of a checklist to ensure conformity with national strategies for the education of girls. In Home Economics, a new Subject Curriculum Statement and introductory units of a Board Approved course of study were approved for trial during 1992, representing the culmination of several years of work on the revision of core objectives for this subject. Work also continued on the development of elective units for students in Years 9-10. In the area of Business Education, work continued on the revision of the Board of Studies approved course, 'Money in Society', due to be completed and ready for trial in 1992 when revision of the accompanying course, 'Law in Society7, is due to begin. The increased emphasis on the teaching of keyboard skills was reflected by the conducting of an inservice program for both primary and secondary teachers. The annual Law Week activities were again successful, as was the Enterprise Workshop program. 4