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Senior Physics

March 2015: New study design document released for implementation in 2016 and 2017.

Download a copy from here. Resources for each Area of Study for Units 1 abd 2 are being compiled during 2015. See the work done so far, go to home page, go to 'Teachers', then across to 'VCE Resources' to see webpages for each of the units in 2016.

October 2014: Consultation period has finished.

See below for results of consultation forums and the AIP Education Committee's submission.

August 2014: VCAA Consultation Draft released

VCAA has released the Physics consultation draft. The VCAA website hosted an on-line questionnaire for teachers to provide feedback.

The AIP Committee organised a series of consultation forums around the state. These were held in the first two weeks of September, as well as one on Saturday 23rd August for the forum group leaders to work through and refine the discussion questions.

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Review of the Proposed Physics Curriculum

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The review of the proposed physics curriculum prepared by the AIP Education Committee and submitted to VCAA.

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Letter on Consultation Forums

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Newsletter emailed to physics teachers announcing the release of the consultation draft and the opening of the registration for Consultation Forums.

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Physics Study Design: Consultation Draft

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Summary of Changes in the Physics Study Design

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A 11 page Word document.

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Comments from the Physics Consultation Forums

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A compilation from the reports by each of the groups discussing the consultation questions. This file will be updated as the reports from each forum come in.The compiled comments have been augmented by submissions that came to the AIP Education Committee from teachers.

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Discussion Questions for the Physics Consultation Forums

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.The questions cover i) an overview of the course, ii) student-designed practical investigations, iii) common questions on the Areas of Study and iv) specific questions for each Area of Study.

December 2012

The Physics Australian Curriculum was released.

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Physics in the Australian Curriculum

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Physics Curriculum document released by ACARA in December 2012

The curriculum overview on the ACARA website says in part: ... State and territory curriculum, assessment and certification authorities are responsible for how senior secondary courses are organised, and they will determine how the Australian Curriculum content and achievement standards are to be integrated into their courses.

The state and territory authorities will also determine the assessment and certification specifications for those courses and any additional information, guidelines and rules to satisfy local requirements including advice on entry and exit points and credit for completed study.

During 2013, it was proposed that ACARA would work with each of the respective state and territory curriculum, assessment and certification authorities, as each authority determines what will be integrated into their local courses, and report back to Ministers about:

  • the senior secondary Australian Curriculum content that will be common to all states and territories,
  • the process and timelines for validation of the draft achievement standards, to inform subsequent discussion about their proposed use,
  • the process and timeline within which each state and territory will undertake the integration of the Australian curriculum content and achievement standards into state and territory courses and commence implementation of the new courses..

The emphasis in bold is the website manager's.

The 2013 Physics Teachers' Conference featured a discussion group session titled 'Setting the Parameters for a Physics Curriculum' in which participants expressed their views on the structure, content and sequence for the study design that will be constructed by VCAA's Physics Review Panel. Check here for conference details.

Discussion Questions and Background Material

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Questions for the Small Group Discussions at the Physics Teachers' Conference

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A possible restructuring of topics

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A one page Word document.

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Group Responses from the Discussion Session on Physics Curriculum

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The discussion session was held at the Feb 2013 Physics Teachers' Conference. The theme of the discussion was 'Setting the Parameters for a Physics Curriculum'. The responses from the groups are collected for each question and presented as a 15 page Word document.

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Group Responses from the Discussion Session on Physics Curriculum (Excel)

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The discussion session was held at the Feb 2013 Physics Teachers' Conference. The responses from the groups are entered in an Excel spreadsheet to enable each group's comments to be easily read.

July 2012

Final Consultation

The final Consultation Draft for Physics in Years 11 and 12 was released on Friday, 10th May, 2012. The draft is available below. The consultation period lasted until Friday, 20th July, 2012.

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Consultation Draft for Physics in the Australian Curriculum

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Draft for the consultation period to 20th July, 2012.

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ACARA Survey for Senior Sciences Consultation

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The AIP (Vic Branch) Education Committee organised a series of consultation forums across the state.

For information on the forums click here

The Committee submitted its response to ACARA along with the other documents below as appendices.

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Response by the AIP (Vic Branch) Education Committee

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Comments on the Physics draft from the Consultation Forums

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This file contains comments from the forums held during the holidays and it will be updated progressively as the consultation forums proceed during the week beginning 16th July.

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Comments on the Physics draft by Keith Burrows

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These comments focus on the need to create a curriculum which will attract more students and the problems with the 'Models' approach in the draft. (Newer paper 16 Jul) A one page version of this is available on the Forum,

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Comments on the Physics draft by Theo Hughes

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These comments focus on the Inquiry Skills and the analysis of data.

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Response by Colin Hopkins

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This response looks at the whole document, section by section, if not dot point by dot point.

July 2010

Earlier Consultations

The earlier Consultation Draft for Physics in Years 11 and 12 was released on Friday, 14th May, 2010. That draft is available below. The consultation period lasted until 30th July, 2010.

The AIP (Vic Branch) Education Committee organised a series of consultation forums across the state. The forums were held in the week beginning 19th July that year and in the following 12 locations: Metropolitan (Sunshine West, Northcote, Kew, Ringwood, Mentone and Mt Eliza) and Regional (Geelong, Mildura, Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton and Sale).

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Consultation draft for Physics Years 11 - 12

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This 22 page pdf file outlines the proposed Physics course for Years 11 and 12.

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Comments from the Consultation Forums

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Comments from the 14 Consultation Forums held across the state in the week beginning Monday 19th July. All reports have now been entered. The document is now 28 pages.

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Response to Physics Draft by Dr Christina Hart

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Response to Physics Draft by AIP (Vic Branch) Education Committe

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Science: F - 10

The final version on Science F - 10 has been approved by the meeting of Education Ministers and has been released by Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, ACARA. The science document can be accessed at here . The ACARA website gives the Rationale, the Organisation in strands and sub-strands and the Curriculum from Foundation (the new name for Prep) to Year 10.

Australian Curriculum Framing Papers

In 2009 ACARA released 'framing papers' for English, Maths, Science and History. The science document was 12 pages long with a detailed 6 page survey form in the appendices

The document discussed the following matters: Selection of science content, Relevance of science learning, Flexibility and equity, General capabilities, and under the Structure of the curriculum, the Elements of a science curriculum and an outline for the different Stages of schooling, specifically stage 1 (typically from 5 to 8 years of age), stage 2 (typically from 8 to 12 years of age), stage 3 (typically from 12 to 15 years of age) and stage 4 (typically from 15 to 18 years of age).

ASTA produced a set of questions to be considered by teachers when responding to the framing paper. The AIP Education Committee has also added some questions. See document below.

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National Curriculum Framing Paper Questions

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The Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) has produced a set of questions that should be considered by teachers when responding to teh National Curriculum Framing Paper on Science. The AIP Education Committee has also added some questions to this document.