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Teacher guide Navigating primary industries into the 21st century

TLF ID M020532

This is a teacher resource containing a sequence of lessons for investigating farming and crop yields in Australia. It contains material to assist planning, implementing and assessing a study of the environmental, economic and technological factors that influence crop yields, and the role of geographical data systems and applications. This resource includes background information, lesson outlines, assessment rubrics, and links to online videos and internet-based resources and websites.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This teacher guide is highly valuable for the year 9 Geography unit of study 'Biomes and food security' due to its relevance to the content description about crop yields. It supports teaching about a range of environmental, economic and technological factors that influence productivity including climate, soil conditions, and water availability, as well as advances in monitoring technologies and farming innovations. Investigation tasks and links to industry organisation websites support teaching about the environmental constraints and challenges of food production in Australia and the innovations that are reducing some of these limitations.
  • This resource is of significant value for several year 9 geographical inquiry skills content descriptions. It is valuable for developing questions of geographical significance and for planning investigations, and also for presenting responses to and explanations of the investigations using a variety of modes – including visual presentations. This resource is particularly useful for teaching about the representation of geographical data, which is supported by links to online mapping and graphing tools. Additionally, there are materials to assist in the creation and use of climographs and geographic information systems (GIS).
  • This a valuable resource for the year 9 and 10 Design and Technologies content description about sustainable production of food and fibre. It is particularly relevant for teaching about digital technologies used to enhance food production systems, such as GPS, GIS, sensory sytems, climate graphs, and multi-layer maps. There are many activities and links to industry-based websites, videos and online research tools that support teachers to lead investigations of emerging technologies involved in sustainable agriculture.
  • This resource is also valuable for the Sustainability cross-curriculum priority, particularly for teaching about sustainable futures and the actions this context involves. Through an exploration of farming and scientific research, this resource supports teaching about how building sustainable futures requires an understanding of environments. As well, it supports a consideration of how sustainability requires assessment of scientific and technological developments.
Year level

9; 10

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  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Primary Industries Education Foundation
  • Organization: Primary Industries Education Foundation
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  • Name: Primary Industries Education Foundation
  • Organization: Primary Industries Education Foundation
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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  • © Primary Industries Education Foundation 2016, except where indicated otherwise. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia license Under this license the material is available for free use and adaptation. Educators may use, adapt, communicate and re-publish material from the resource.