Stage 1 | Subject Outline | Version control
For teaching in 2021. Accredited in August 2017 for teaching at Stage 1 from 2018.
Stage 1 | Subject outline | Subject description
Integrated Learning is a subject framework that enables students to make links between aspects of their lives and their learning.
Schools design Integrated Learning programs for a specific purpose, product, or outcome according to the interests and needs of students in their local context.
In doing this, schools determine an Integrated Learning program focus. The program focus is designed around a theme, community, or context that has meaning to the students; for example, innovation and enterprise initiatives, STEM activities, Aboriginal knowledge and cultures, global citizenship outlooks, art and cultural influences, health and wellbeing initiatives, leadership development, vocational pathways, and literacy and/or numeracy development and enhancement.
Through the lens of the program focus students develop their learning about a real-world situation, task, event, or other learning opportunity, while also growing their knowledge about themselves as learners, and their capabilities.
In Integrated Learning, students develop, extend, and apply critical thinking skills through inquiry about aspects of the program focus that are of interest to them.
Students develop an awareness of the context within which they are learning, and are encouraged to contribute to collaborative thinking and ways of working. Students share ideas and informed opinions and extend their social communication skills though contribution to groups, family, and/or community.
Students extend their self-awareness, personal identity, and values through collaborative processes that build from peer- and self-assessment.
Underpinning the design of Integrated Learning is an emphasis on students making links between their learning and their capabilities. They make meaning from experiences in order to recognise themselves as confident and creative individuals, and critical and evaluative thinkers with the necessary life skills to contribute to society as active and informed citizens.
In this way, the capabilities are central to Integrated Learning and are reflected in the assessment requirements and performance standards.