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					 Resourcing the
WACE Psychology
    Judi Jagger, Curriculum Officer Evaluation
(CMIS – Curriculum Materials Information Service)
      Syllabus Development and Resources
      Department of Education and Training

                  1 June 2007
 CMIS is participating in a joint project
between the Curriculum Council and the
 Department of Education and Training
to check, identify and evaluate new and
    existing resources for the WACE
This hands-on session will look at the
Psychology Course lists and how CMIS
advice can help teachers integrate ICT
           into the course.
        Part 1:

Introduction to the CMIS
          CMIS Home Page
             Activity 1
 Go to the CMIS website:
 Follow the path: WACE Courses –

 Explore the content on this page
                    Activity 2
   From the WACE Psychology page, search the
    CMIS Resource Bank.
   Note that you can search resources from several
    starting points: all resources, websites, by
    outcome or by unit.
   By clicking on the title, more information about a
    particular resource will be displayed.
   Clicking on an author’s name will bring up all
    resources written by that author.
   Clicking on a website’s URL will bring up the
                Activity 3
   From the list of resources that you
    have found, use the printer icon to
    generate a printable list.
   Use the green arrow back button to
    return to the original list.
                Activity 4
   To limit your selections, check the
    boxes next to the items you wish to
   Now press the = icon
   A list comprising only the selected
    resources will appear.
                Activity 5
   Continue to explore the Resource
   Note that as they are identified, new
    resources will be added to this
    database in the future.
   Boolean searches (AND or NOT) can
    further refine a search.
                  Activity 6
   Open up the PDF documents on the right
    hand side of the Psychology page.
   These are printable lists of all the
    resources identified to date.
   Note that they do not contain the same
    level of detail as on the Resource Bank,
    but have sufficient information so that a
    Teacher Librarian or bookseller can source
    the item.
                Activity 7
   Look at the key websites that have
    been listed here.
   Also explore the links to documents
    from other states that teach this
    subject. Although content will not be
    identical to the WACE course, these
    links will contain useful information.
                Activity 8
   Look at the suggested resource
    suppliers as they are useful sources
    for videos and DVDs.
   Note that Enhance TV provides
    access to free to air television
    programs (at a cost).
                  Activity 9
   Note that there is a listserv to support
    teachers of Psychology in WA: psyc-
    The link will take you to the registration
   Once registered, you can send and receive
    messages about any aspect of the course.
   This section also contains links to other
    professional associations.
               Activity 10
   Work through the issues in Part 2 of
    this presentation that deals with
    guidelines for working with students.
               Part 2:
     Guidelines for working with
   Registration on sites
    Authority of websites
   Plagiarism

 Student access to the Internet may
   involve the need for students to

One such site is MoodGym, from ANU,
The site itself urges caution:

Students should be cautioned on using
 their real identity and giving personal
  information over the Internet at any
       Authority of sites
    Although the websites on the
    Psychology list are have been
selected because of their reliability
     and authority, students will
 inevitably run their own searches.
  They should be aware that their
critical thinking faculties need to be
      switched on at all times …
An obvious hoax …
   Garish font
   Bad design
   .net address
   Preposterous claims
   Probably spelling errors
A not so obvious example:
             No real clues

   Slick
   Sophisticated
   Well-designed …
            But …

It still has preposterous claims
    A bit of research is needed ..

   No such hospital exists
   The author is an installation and
    Internet artist
   It has received credit as being one of
    the best hoax sites around
Education World is just one of the
       places to ‘out’ it ..
                Look for:
   Authors – who wrote it and what are
    their credentials?
   Domain - .edu and .gov will have a
    lot more weight than .com or .net
   Accuracy – are the facts
                 Look for:
   Objectivity – is there a strong point
    of view or an agenda being pushed?
   Currency – when was the site last
   Scope – is the information too basic
    or is it too scholarly? Is there enough
    information for the topic?
More information on assessing
websites can be found on the CMIS
website …
              Activity 11
   Go back to the CMIS home page and
    follow the links ‘Using ICT in the
    Curriculum’ to read more about
    evaluating websites and other ICT
      Advertising on sites

Many sites will have sponsored
advertising. Popups can be annoying
and some will have inappropriate
   If possible, evaluate sites beforehand
    if they are not from the list.

   Note that MySpace has been blocked
    by DET, so any sites that link to it
    cannot be accessed from school
    servers …

Copy and paste is rife, so what can we
Assignments that require students to
use higher order thinking skills are
less easily answered from a simple
Google search.
     Jamie McKenzie
has done a lot of work on
   Essential Questions
             Activity 12
CMIS has also developed links to sites
 that offer strategies to minimise the
 possibility of plagiarism.

Take a look at the information here:
      Part 3 :Copyright

This complex issue would take a
     session in its own right.
             Activity 13
 Again, CMIS has developed pages to
 help pave the way to understanding:

Follow the links …
Australian Copyright Council

If in doubt, look for an information

A new site being developed specifically
         for Australian schools:
        Part 4: Podcasts

What are they?

 Digital broadcasts that can be
 downloaded for use at any time
             Activity 14
To find out more about podcasting,
 take a look at the following slides
 and look at the information on the
 CMIS pages.
           Why bother?

Podcasts offer another source of
information – perhaps the most up to date
of all. There are many sites offering
podcasts, including ABC Radio National …
ABC Radio National podcasts are subject to
 copyright restrictions, and cannot be used
   in the classroom at this time. They are
 also only available for downloading on the
        ABC website for a short time.

However, teachers may make their students
   aware of these resources for individual
       Other uses for podcasts
   Teachers can podcast lessons or
    revision notes so that students can
    access them at any time from the
    school intranet

   Students can create podcasts for
    assessment purposes

Yes, CMIS has a page to help get you
 started. It explains all the hows and
              the whys …
       Part 5: EBSCOHost

Need up to date journal articles?

EBSCO Host could be the answer …
            What is it?

A full-text database of newspaper and
 journal articles.
      How do you access it?

Some school libraries already have a

Individuals can access the database
  through their public library webpage
  using their library card number. Tell
  your students!
                  Activity 15
Using the number on your public library borrower
  card, log into the databases section of your public
  library. Select EBSCOHost.

[There is usually a link to the library from the home
  page of the shire or city council].

NOTE: If not a member, it is worth joining the
 public library system for the benefits of online
 access alone.
What does it look like?
                 Activity 16
   Use the following slides to explore the
    potential of EBSCOHost.

   IMPORTANT NOTE: Through the public
    library system, use of this database is for
    individuals only. Copyright restrictions
    mean that a school may not use this
    service without its own subscription.
Most public libraries and schools only
 subscribe to the Australian and New
 Zealand Reference Centre. The Title
  List will tell you which publications
                are indexed.
Browsing by subject ….
        There are a number of limiters
          available in a Basic Search:
   Full text
   Peer reviewed
   Specific publication
   Date
   Images
   Related words
   Automatic Boolean AND
         Other searches:

Advanced search allows for searches
 to be saved and combined:
Visual search clusters results:
   Finding specific articles

You know there is a recent article in
Scientific American called ‘Half-
Brained Schemes’ and you want to
see if it is useful:
          Just a taster …

Get your library card and log in to your
      public library to have a real
    exploration of the possibilities of

   HTML documents strip tables and
    images but they are present in any
    PDF documents
   Not all articles are full text, although
    many are. However, every result has
    an abstract and full citation
       Citing journal articles
 Your school will probably have a preferred
 referencing style, so follow the guidelines.

 Whatever style is chosen, it is important
 to be consistent.

‘Half-brained schemes’ should be referenced
  with the following elements:
   Author: Ross, Philip E.
   Date: 2006
   Journal title: Scientific American (italic)
   Title of article: ‘Half-brained schemes.’
   Vol. No (if known): 294
   Month of Journal : January
   Pages: 24-27
Ross, Philip E. 2006. ‘Half-brained
schemes.’ Scientific American. vol.
294, January, pp. 24-27.
         CMIS (again) …

We have Citation Guides online in our
 Copyright section:
             Hot Tip!

Work with your Teacher-Librarians –
they are information specialists and
will be delighted to help you navigate
the rich variety of resources that are
now so readily available.
   Questions?   Comments?
                  Activity 17
Bookmark the CMIS website

– you will find it an invaluable source of

Email me at:
With any queries about this presentation
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