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News - March 2021

12 Mar 2021 5:51 AM | QETA ADMIN (Administrator)

It’s March already and we’re in the home stretch of Term 1! As we gear up for the first big marking and reporting season, here are some resources economics teacher may find valuable for their classrooms.

QCAA Snr Economics Subject Reports 

The annual subject report provides schools with an analysis of the complete cycle of assessment for the previous year. It is a resource to support the teaching and learning process and promote transparency and accountability in the broader education community. The report is intended to provide observations and findings to assist and support schools when reflecting on and improving their practices. 

Economics teachers may find useful the advice on assessment design and assessment decisions. The former outlines strategies for task construction while the latter provides great clarity around making judgements on student work. Samples of work corresponding with ISMG standards are provided, along with guidance for pedagogy to help support teaching and learning.  

The Economics Subject Report and Factsheet can be found here: 

https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/senior/senior-subjects/humanities-social-sciences/economics/teaching 

Supporting Economics Teachers – Survey, RBA 

The Economics Teacher Survey, conducted by the RBA, has been designed to gather insights from all Economics teachers across Australia. The short questionnaire will explore the challenges faced by Economics teachers, and what could be done to better promote and support the teaching and learning of Economics in Australia. 

The survey has just launched at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/economics-teacher 

The RBA would be extremely grateful if you would take a few minutes to provide your insights. 

Econopak Back Issues

In our last communication we mentioned that we are archiving past issues of Econopak. We are pleased to announce that the first set of these is now available for members only from the QETA website. There are currently numerous issues dating back to 1999 for your perusal. We hope that you find this look back at QETA, and the teaching of Economics in Queensland, interesting.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 

Unit 3 for the QCAA Economics syllabus focuses on the global economy and international trade. A crucial resource for research in this unit is DFAT (https://www.dfat.gov.au/). Here, teachers and students can find a wealth on information useful for many of Unit 3’s core subject matter such as: 

  • Australia’s Free Trade Agreements 

  • Australia’s trade statistics at a glance 

  • Factsheets for countries and regions 

  • Foreign investment statistics and policy 

  • Non-government organisations such as the WTO, G20, etc.  

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment - ABARES 

For those interesting in agribusiness and the economics of our very important agricultural sector, ABARES (https://www.agriculture.gov.au/abares/research-topics/agricultural-outlook) publishes regular agricultural outlooks which include reports such as: 

  • Agricultural overview: $66bn value of production in 2020-2021 

  • Australian rice markets 2021 

  • Australian Farm Terms of Trade: Costs and prices paid 

  • Economic overview (on how Covid-19 is effecting the agricultural industry) 

ABC News on YouTube 

The ABC News YouTube channel does an excellent job of isolating economics related news on a daily  basis. Correspondents Alan Kohler and Ellyse Morgan provide the nightly finance update overviewing the latest data in share markets, commodity prices and the various economic indicators teacher and students aim to be familiar with. Teacher may watching the short 2 minute finance daily updates as an activity which adds value to the classroom and engages students in the regular routines of economic analysis.  

  • Latest ABC Finance (Mon-Fri): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyVZnL59SbA 

  • Special interest on Australia’s economic recovery from Covid-19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf9Gl6jlqas 

QETA Teacher PD Session – Register Now

Topic:                  Global comparative advantages and supply chain disruptions – Link to Unit 3 of the Economics syllabus

Presenter:          Professor Pascalis Raimondos – Head of the School of Economics and Finance, QUT

Date & Time:     Tuesday 23/03/21 3.30pm (45 minutes)

Format:               Delivered online via MS Teams – 30 minute presentation + 15 minutes live Q&A

Cost:                    Free for QETA members

Register:             via the QETA website (upcoming events) to be sent the link to the session to be hosted via MS Teams.

Professor Pascalis Raimondos has a strong passion for International Trade and will speak from a wealth of experience garnered both here in Australia and abroad. He is the Head of the School of Economics and Finance at QUT and a Vice President of the Economics Society of Australia, QLD. His works have been published in several journals including The Economic Journal, the European Economic ReviewJournal of International EconomicsJournal of Public Economics, and the Journal of Development Economics. Pascalis holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Essex.

Click here to access registration via the QETA website

QETA Teacher PD Session – Register Now

Topic:                  Agriculture in Queensland with a focus on the beef industry recovering from drought and Covid-19

Presenter:          Corrie Feldman, Rural and Industry Economist for the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (presented at 2018 QETA PD day)

Date & Time:     Thursday 22/04/21 3.30pm (45 minutes)

Format:               Delivered online via MS Teams – 30 minute presentation + 15 minutes live Q&A

Cost:                    Free for QETA members

Register:             via the QETA website (upcoming events) to be sent the link to the session to be hosted via MS Teams.

Corrie Feldman has a great passion for food and fibre sustainability, technological advancements and innovation in all areas in agriculture. 

As the Rural and Industry Economist for the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority, Corrie communicates to varied audiences on the influences in agriculture and other industries.

Corrie holds a Master of Economics from the University of New England, Graduate Diploma of Economics from the University of New England and a Bachelor of Business from the Queensland University of Technology.

Click here to access registration via the QETA website

QETA Teacher PD Conference 2021

Date & Time:     Saturday 24/07/21 9-2pm

Format:                In person – Brisbane Girls Grammar, Spring Hill

 

More details to be provided shortly including how to register.


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