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Australian Geography – Areas for Assessment

Communication
Activities: Australia's Human Characteristics: Demographic Research, Australian Communities: Population Pyramids, Changing Australian Communities: Research Report, Natural Hazards in Australia, Fieldwork and Research Action Plan
Geographical tools and skills
Activities: Australian Communities: Population Pyramids, Changing Australian Communities: Research Report, Fieldwork and Research Action Plan
Geographical knowledge
Activities: Australian Communities: Population Pyramids, Changing Australian Communities: Research Report, Natural Hazards in Australia, Fieldwork and Research Action Plan
Knowledge of civics and informed and active citizenship
Activities: Natural Hazards in Australia

Areas for assessment provide a framework for structuring an assessment program, and may be used for reporting student achievement. They are derived from the course objectives, so they are linked to the course outcomes. Areas for assessment can be used as organisers for assessment of student achievement.

Good assessment practice involves designing quality assessment activities that enable students to demonstrate their achievements. Teachers can use the areas for assessment when designing an assessment activity, to ensure it is assessing performance in relation to a grouping of outcomes.

In designing the assessment schedule for a course, teachers may find it useful to map each planned assessment activity to one or more of the areas for assessment. This allows teachers to ensure that assessment in relation to outcomes can occur across the year in a manageable way.

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