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Flexible Options – Extension Studies

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Why Is Flexibility Important?

Self esteem





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Stage 1 Stage 1 or 2

Free Choice Stage 2

Maths Group 1

Group 2

English or ESL

2 unit sequence

2 unit sequence

2 unit sequence

Aust Studies

Group 1

Group 2

SACE Pattern

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Flexible Options

Community Studies Interdisciplinary Subjects Work Education VET Recognition of Learning

Community Based learning Self-Directed Learning Special provisions – Interrupted Schooling

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Interdisciplinary Subjects

Stage 1

Integrated Learning

Stage 2

Extension Studies

Integrated Learning

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Extension Studies

2-unit sequence - Group 1 or 2

Score /20 - classified HESS General

Student initiated – Research based

Specialised Area related to one or more subjects

Contact teacher(s) and/or mentor(s)

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Why Extension Studies?

Preferred ways of learning Learning self-initiated and directed Fosters independent and collaborative

learning Students are able to investigate an area

of personal interest or pursue a passion Deep learning or cross-disciplinary


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When is it NOT an Extension Study?

Covered by an existing subject

“Project” based only on a collection of existing secondary sources (Find out all there is to know about….)

Transfer of information

Community Studies

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Methodology Qualitative – eg transcript of unstructured

interview Quantitative – numeric measurement –eg using

survey data Action research – action (change, improvement)

and research (understanding, knowledge) to be achieved through a cycle of action and critical reflection

Experimental research –testing a hypothesis or trying out techniques

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The Initial Process

Contact Teacher identified

Student(s) informed and identified

Student(s) completes program approval request

Program approved by SSABSA and student enrolled

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The Extension Studies Process (1)

Assessment Component 1: Investigation Proposal (20%) Develop a proposal and discuss with

contact teacher- Proposal 10%

- Discussion 10%

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The Extension Studies Process (2)

Assessment Component 2: Folio 40% Negotiate and carry out the investigation

using proposed methodology - Research Evidence - 30%

- Discussion (x4) – 10%

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The Extension Studies Process (3)

Assessment Component 3: Investigation Final Outcome 40% Communicate the Investigation Outcome

- Exhibition – 30%

- Personal Evaluation – 5%

- Discussion – 5%

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Assessment in Extension Studies

Curriculum statement without content

Scope of the subject is unique to each student

Early engagement with assessment criteria is essential

Assessment focuses on the learning rather than the content

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Necessary Student Qualities

Ability to

Focus clearly on goals and operate independently

Discriminate and make decisions Develop sound research skills and persist Seek/take advice and solve problems Articulate ideas (oral, written) and adapt to

change (resilience)

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Mentors and Supervisors

Variety of skills, interests, and professional backgrounds

On-site and off site

Variety of qualifications

Main aim – as a support to students

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Investigation ProposalPart 1: Proposal Assessment Criteria


Skills of Inquiry


Quality of Proposal

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Investigation ProposalPart 2: Discussion Assessment Criteria


Quality of Research and Learning

Quality of Advocacy

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Folio (1)Discussion (x 4 )-10%

Assessment Criteria Skills of inquiry



Depth of understanding

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Folio (2) Research Evidence- 30%

(All folios must contain a context statement - 500 words maximum)

Assessment Criteria Organisation

Skills of Inquiry

Problem Solving

Working independently & interdependently


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Investigation Final Outcome

Three Parts (All Externally marked):

Exhibition (30%)

Personal Evaluation (5%)

Discussion (5%)

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Assessment Criteria

Quality of Exhibition

Validity of Findings


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Personal Evaluation

Assessment Criteria Reflection Understanding Communication

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Assessment Criteria

Quality of Discussion

Quality of Advocacy

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Examples of Final Outcomes Short Film, Digital Movie, Video, CD –

collection of songs/performance Interactive Multimedia - Flash, Website,


Traveling Drama Performance, Fashion Parade, Novel, Novella

Promotional materials, Photographic portfolio, Sketches, Comic strip

Anthology, Manual, Booklet/pamphlet etc

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Support Materials

Available on SSABSA website (www.ssabsa.sa.edu.au)for example: Annotated work samples Program approval information Marking record forms Illustrative Programs Performance Standards Resources Teaching and learning strategies

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SSABSA Contacts

Rhonda Williams Phone: 8372 7408 Email: [email protected]

Lois Ey Phone: 8372 7572 Email: [email protected]

Jim Green Phone: 8372 7467 Email: [email protected]