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Concurrent sessions and workshops

HEIA(Q) 2014 State conference: Celebrating Home Economics
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane, Saturday 9 August 2014

Concurrent sessions and workshops

The 2014 HEIA(Q) Conference Committee is proud to announce that there will be:

  • 27 concurrent sessions across three time slots

Check out who is presenting and what they are talking about in the workshop summary below.

Concurrent session 1 (10.10 am – 11.15 am)

1.1 Strategies for critical thinking
Eric Frengenheim

This workshop will focus on enhancing the learning experiences and student outcomes in addressing the ‘Why’(cognitive challenge), the ‘What’ (the questions and activities developed for students) and the ‘How’ (using cognitively appropriate thinking tools to enhance the learning experience). The emphasis will be on critical thinking tools. Delegates will be challenged to reflect on their own classroom practice, to seek affirmations and to look out for alternatives. Workshop participants are requested to bring along at least one unit outline, preferably one to be taught after this conference.

1.2 Home Economics and the Australian Curriculum
Dr Janet Reynolds

This session will develop participants’ understanding of those aspects of the Australian Curriculum that are related to Home Economics, and in particular, key aspects of the Health and Physical Education and Technologies documents and the ACARA Home Economics advice paper. It will also cover big picture issues and options for planning such as time allocations and implementation models. This introductory understanding is essential to foster effective advocacy for the place of Home Economics in the school’s timetable and to enable effective planning of school programs.

1.3 SMS: Social Media and Sexuality
Holly Brennan, Family Planning Queensland

Are you on Facebook?
Do you tweet?
Do you know your CU46 from your GNOC?
How’s your grasp of Snapchat?

This session will:

  • review young people’s use of social media in Australia
  • place sexuality, well-being, sexting and social media in the context of the Australian health curriculum
  • share resources and strategies for use in the classroom.

1.4 From knowledge to decisions to behaviour…
Tara Diversi, Bond University

There are so many benefits to looking after yourself – eating more vegetables, exercising regularly, sleeping well and having a balanced social life. We know this, but there are still some areas we slip… and then there are our students. We’ve taught them about health, but they continue to make poor health choices. In this session you will learn about human behaviour and health. You will practice tailoring messages to make yourself more effective in promoting positive behaviour change.

1.5 Jumping into the design process—and making a map to show where you’ve been
Alice Payne, Creative Industries, Queensland University of Technology

The design process can be glibly explained as linear, moving through stages such as ‘inspiration’ and ‘design development’. In actuality, the design process is frequently non-linear and iterative: it may mean roundabouts, backtracking, coming to dead ends and even making sudden creative leaps. Each student may have a different entry point into the design process. This session will present mini case studies of different students’ jumping off points. It ill also explore design journals and a variety of approaches to documenting the designer’s pathway.

1.6 Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) Back-of-house tour
Chef Martin Latter, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

In a private back-of-house tour of the Centre’s main convention kitchen, BCEC Chef Martin Latter, who oversees the Centre’s 19 kitchens, will demonstrate the day-to-day life in one of Australia’s busiest kitchens, preparing more than one million meals every year. From the butchery, cold larder, pastry and main production kitchen, participants will discover the passion of Chef Latter and his team for freshness, quality and sustainability of food, as well as the Centre’s social responsibilities such as donating more than 70,000 meals to Foodbank.

1.7 21st Century families: Continuity and change over time
Janeen Baxter, The University of Queensland

Over the last three or so decades there has been a revolution in marriage and family life in Australia. These are more than just demographic changes. If marriage and family life are being transformed then so, potentially, are fundamental economic and social processes relating to work, care, sexuality and the distribution and allocation of economic resources. This session will canvas these changes and address the implications for the future of family life in Australia.

1.8 Grains and flavours
David Pugh, Restaurant Two

According to the Australian Good Food & Travel Guide, chef David Pugh is known for his down-to-earth attitude and approach to food, and for his continual search for the best available fresh produce. At his acclaimed Restaurant Two, David uses premium quality Queensland ingredients to prepare food with thoroughly modern flair that places his restaurant in the forefront of contemporary Australian cuisine. In his ‘Grains & Flavours’ workshop, David will demonstrate different cooking methods to highlight the latest food fashion trends.

1.9 Unpacking The Australian Curriculum: Design and technologies curriculum with a home economics lens
Leanne Compton, Curriculum Manger, Design and Technologies, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

This workshop will provide an overview of The Australian Curriculum: Design and Technologies, and make explicit links to the achievement standards and content descriptions relevant to home economics teachers. There will be discussion about how design thinking underpins learning in the home economics classroom to support students to develop the capacity to make decisions, solve problems and develop critical and creative solutions through the technologies processes. The session will be interactive so bring your mobile phones or iPads to contribute your thoughts.

Concurrent session 2 (11.45 am – 12.50 pm)

2.1 Food – how much should ethics impinge on food and nutrition?
Dr Rosemary Stanton

The foods we grow and the way we grow them, as well as the way foods are processed and marketed involve ethical choices. The scientific studies that underpin human nutrition may also be subject to conflicts of interest. Politicians are involved too with strategies and support—or their omission—involved in each aspect of food production and consumption patterns. How much should home economists—and their students—be involved in areas such as ethics and conflict of interest? The above issues will be explored in this session.

2.2 Unpacking The Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education curriculum with a homeeconomics lens
Dr Janet Reynolds

As stated in The Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education, ‘The primary content that will be drawn [by Home Economics] from the Health and Physical Education curriculum is in relation to food and nutrition, growth and development, identity, and connecting to others’. This workshop will enable delegates to explore the expectations of home economics teachers with respect to HPE and consider how home economics programs can be designed using the HPE curriculum, and the interface of HPE with The Australian Curriculum: Technologies.

2.3 Design thinking: Your classroom
Renae Bradbury, Queensland University of Technology

What will your ‘technology’ classroom look like? In this workshop delegates will discuss and explore how teachers can structure learning that supports design thinking in the Technologies curriculum ‘Food specialisations’ and ‘Materials and technologies specialisations’. Design thinking is the precursor to design processes and is integral to the eventual evolution of design solutions. This is as an opportunity to clarify knowledge and share ideas in readiness for implementation of the Technologies curriculum.

2.4 Thinking outside the square
Eric Frangenheim

In this workshop, Eric will challenge participants to reflect on their own practice with respect to the extent that they encourage students to think outside the square, explore how creative thinking can be fostered and examine how this, in turn, impacts on the final assessment item. Participants will experience how creative thinking tools can be used to develop creative thinking, and can be applied in their teaching. Workshop participants are requested to bring at least one unit outline to this workshop, preferably one to be taught after this conference.

2.5 Relationships and sexuality in the Australian Curriculum: What it means for Years 7 – 10 classrooms
Holly Brennan, Family Planning Queensland

Relationships and sexuality education (RSE) is vital for the safety and wellbeing of young people. RSE builds relationship skills, prevents susceptibility to sexual abuse, delays first intercourse and increases the adoption of safer sexual practices. The Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education provides opportunities for teachers to help students to develop knowledge and behaviours that will improve their own and others’ wellbeing. This session provides an overview of learning strategies for the development of safe, healthy and positive relationships.

2.6 Fashion, ethics and sustainability—a wicked problem to explore using life-cycle thinking
Kathleen Horton and Alice Payne, Creative Industries, Queensland University of Technology

Life-cycle thinking is a way to visualise the impact of fashion on people and the environment and also a way to find potential sites of intervention. The garment life cycle begins with the cradle (fibre), moving through to textile and garment production, retailing, use and laundering by the consumer, though to the grave (disposal), or beyond the grave to other lives and purposes (e.g. recycling, upcycling). This session unpacks the ethical quandaries surrounding fashion production and suggests ways to begin a conversation with students.

2.7 Grains and flavours
David Pugh, Restaurant Two

According to the Australian Good Food & Travel Guide, chef David Pugh is known for his down to earth attitude and approach to food and for his continual search for the best available fresh produce. At his acclaimed Restaurant Two, David uses premium quality Queensland ingredients to prepare food with thoroughly modern flair that places his restaurant in the forefront of contemporary Australian cuisine. In his ‘Grains & Flavours’ workshop, David will demonstrate different cooking methods to highlight the latest food fashion trends.

2.8 The re-development of study area specifications into subject area syllabuses—taking a look at Early childhood, Hospitality and Fashion
Jeff Thompson, QSA and Kerri Gorman, Queeensland Studies Authority
This session will help teachers who are interested in Early Childhood Studies, Hospitality and Fashion areas of learning to become familiar with the new syllabuses being prepared for these learning areas. These syllabuses will be implemented in 2015. The workshop will include: an introduction that explains why study area specifications are being developed into subject area syllabuses; the new syllabus structure and what that might this mean for current practice; the underpinning factors and how they will influence teaching; and the redeveloped subject area syllabuses.

2.9 Using your iPad to make and present units of work that your class will enjoy
Gaylene Jackson, Litebulb Moments

Do you want to replace PowerPoint and Prezi but don’t know where to start? Keep all your files together to make amazing presentations using one iPad app. Difficult to describe, but simple to create and use, your students will be amazed. Learn how to make animated presentations using Deck and Haiku Deck. Use the Tellagami app to add an Avatar! Participants will need to bring an iPad and have some ideas for a presentation you would like to make. The following apps should be downloaded prior to the workshop: PopBoardz, Haiku Deck, Deck, Tellagami.

Concurrent session 3 (2.05 pm – 3.10 pm)

3.1 Nutrition controversies
Dr Rosemary Stanton

Did we get it wrong on fat as some critics of dietary guidelines now claim? Are our diet-related health problems all related to sugar and carbohydrates? To be truly healthy, should we try and return to the diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors? And on the food front, should we embrace GM foods or prefer organically grown products? Is permeate a problem in milk? Are chemical substances leaking into our foods from plastic containers and wraps? This session will examine how we should deal with controversies in nutrition.

 3.2 Planning from the Australian Curriculum
Dr Janet Reynolds

This session will guide participants through a process for planning home economics units of work based on The Australian Curriculum: Hath and Physical Education and The Australian Curriculum: Technologies. Participants will explore the demands of the curriculum, also taking into account the Home Economics advice paper from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Templates, ideas and other tools to assist in the process will be provided.

3.3 Exploring the C2C materials for Health and Physical Education
Kay York, Department of Education, Training and Employment

The Education Queensland Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C) project provides Queensland state schools with a comprehensive set of materials designed to support implementation of the Australian Curriculum. In this session, delegates will explore the materials being developed for the Personal Social and Community Health Strand of The Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education/. The focus will be on the health units suitable for use by home economics teachers and the alignment between the achievement standards and the content descriptions for each band.

3.4 Fine dining with native foods
Bryant Wells, Tukka

Chef and owner of renowned Tukka Restaurant, Brisbane’s fine dining restaurant using native foods, Bryant Wells will demonstrate and talk about cooking with native foods and how they can be incorporated into the home and mainstream of restaurant cooking. Bryant will discuss what to look for and where to source and how to utilise native foods, including insider tips to achieve the most flavoursome results and produce cost effective cooking techniques. Come and join us to see, taste and most of all, learn about Australia’s edible native flora and fauna.

3.5 Years 9/10 Relationships and Sexuality Education: The why, what and how for healthy, safe sexual relationships
Holly Brennan, Family Planning Queensland

Students want (and expect) teachers to provide Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) at school. They are often dissatisfied with the timing, quantity and quality of RSE, especially its relevance to their lives. Phrases like, ‘too little, too late, too biological,’ are common. As a teacher of secondary students, what does this mean for you? How does the Australian Curriculum help? This session will give an overview of classroom strategies to encourage safe, healthy and informed decision making about sexual relationships.

3.6 Fashion, identity and 21st century digital culture
Kath Horton, Creative Industries, Queensland University of Technology

Digital culture has infiltrated all levels of creativity and self-expression, with young people being particularly at home in this new domain. In this highly visual world, teenage fashion bloggers such as Tavi Gevinson have developed global profiles from their bedroom and vibrant creative on-line communities are emerging through platforms such Tumblr & Pinterest. This presentation looks at various ways in which young people are able to shape their creative identity in 21st century Remix culture.

3.7 Using social media and Web 2.0 tools as valid teaching resources
Gaylene Jackson, Litebulb Moments

This workshop will allow participants to use polling websites, social media (in a controlled environment) and a collection of Web 2.0 tools to keep classroom activities interesting and fresh. Participants will learn how student communities can be created and shared spaces developed, encouraging collaboration in the classroom. These tools can also create shared spaces for teachers from different schools to collaborate and form professional communities. Each participant will be required to provide their own laptop for the session.

3.8 Multimodal assessment techniques
Rosemarie Sciacca, John Paul College

Multimodal assessment techniques provide teachers with an exciting way to facilitate and assess student learning. This practical session will explore how to integrate multimodal ways of working into classroom practice and assessment. Delegates will delve into what is involved in a multimodal response both from student and teacher perspective, in particular creating and reporting on multimodal assessment tasks. Participants will also explore how to align curriculum and pedagogy to not only ensure quality multimodal responses for assessment, but also to enhance student engagement and learning.


Research journals for Senior Home Economics
Margaret Duncan, Loreto College

In this session, Margaret Duncan will share some strategies to assist teachers in guiding their students through the inquiry process for research journals. Participants will examine the critical thinking required to analyse and synthesise research effectively. Examples of journal entries will be examined to assist teachers in making judgments on the Senior Home Economics syllabus standards for knowledge and understanding, as well as for reasoning and communicating processes.

3.9 Advocating for Home Economics
Michelle Harris, San Sisto College

Home Economics is the corner-stone for protecting and promoting the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. But how do we, as teachers, promote Home Economics at the coal-face? What do we do to keep students enrolling at secondary and tertiary levels? How much can we achieve when still trying to teach? This session reviews current practice in schools and engages participants by suggesting realistic and achievable strategies to promote Home Economics in our own contexts.