Critical and Creative Thinking and the new Victorian Curriculum

Critical and Creative Thinking and the new Victorian Curriculum

A repeat of the very successful May program!

Professional learning to support teachers in engaging students with 'real world' contexts and Critical and Creative Thinking in the new Business and Economics and Civics and Citizenship Victorian Curriculum!

Friday 7 October, 2016
Rendezvous Hotel, 238 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Join your colleagues for a comprehensive full-day program exploring the understanding and teaching of critical and creative thinking. While specific focus will be on links to the NEW Victorian Curriculum for Economics and Business and Civics and Citizenship, this professional learning program is also highly valuable to those following the Australian Curriculum and for the wider Humanities teaching community.


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Program details
The Victorian Curriculum F-10 describes that the critical and creative thinking capability aims to ensure that students develop:

  • understanding of thinking processes and an ability to manage and apply these intentionally;
  • skills and learning dispositions that support logical, strategic, flexible and adventurous thinking; and
  • confidence in evaluating thinking and thinking processes across a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

To achieve these aims we need engaging “real world” contexts and progressive pedagogies that place students at the centre of problem-based learning.

Learning intentions
This one-day professional learning is designed to support teachers in the following aspects of their practice:

  • reading and interpreting opportunities for critical and creative thinking in the Victorian Curriculum: 7-10. We will explore opportunities for interdisciplinary work across the Humanities, with a view to strengthening the profile of Civics and Citizenship and Economics and Business in your school
  • identifying “real world” contexts that might set the scene for more challenging, thought-provoking and meaningful classroom lessons
  • exploring and experiencing questions, tools and pedagogies for engaging students in thinking critically and creatively.

The Presenter
Dr Carly Sawatzki, Faculty of Education, Monash University

A most engaging presenter and workshop leader, Carly is also a long-term VCTA member, Carly is a teacher-educator with expertise in curriculum and pedagogy including in middle school Economics and Business, VCE Business Management and upper primary school mathematics. Working across these discipline areas is critical to her key area of research, financial literacy education. Carly is dedicated to involving teachers and school leaders in professional learning that promotes critical thinking and conversation, inspires innovation, and transforms pedagogical practice.

Meeting VIT requirements: the Australian Professional Standards for Teaching
The Victorian Institute of Teaching has adopted the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
Please note: It is the responsibility of each participant to keep their your own professional learning records and, after each program, to reflect upon and note the learning acquired.

VCTA identifies the following standards as applicable to this professional learning program

Professional practice
3 Plan for and implement effective teaching
3.3 Use teaching strategies
Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking

Professional engagement
6 Engage in professional learning
6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice
Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice, targeted to professional needs and priorities of the education setting or system7 Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community
7.4 Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities
Participate in professional and community networks and forums to broaden knowledge and improve practice

Fee per person (inc GST)
Please note the cancellations and refund policies which will be strictly applied.

VCTA Individual member: $185
VCTA School member: $230
VCTA Concession Member: $130
Non VCTA Members: $280

Registration and Cancellations

  • No refunds if cancellations are made in the week prior to the event. Cancellations must be in writing.
  • If you register and don't attend (or cancel) you are still liable for the full fee
  • Cancellations received prior to the event are still liable for the full fee less a 20% cancellation fee

How to Register (below)
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  • are a VCTA member for 2016 (fully paid)
  • log on using your own username and password.

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Payment may be made by Credit Card (VISA and Mastercard only accepted), EFT or by cheque/money order (payable to VCTA) mailed to PO Box 361, Abbotsford VIC 3067.

Payment required prior to the event please

Contact VCTA on (03) 9417 3555 or email


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