About This Program
The National History Curriculum recommends the use of 'story' as a key strategy for developing young people's historical thinking. Research has shown that young learners grapple with the past in much the same way as historians, they make sense of it by analysing, ordering and linking events in narrative form.
The Australian Nation Builders dramatized narratives allow students to experience the story in Australia's fascinating history. The narratives introduce many of the people who were instrumental in establishing the early British colonies in Australia and the people responsible developing and molding those colonies into the Australian nation
The Australian Nation Builders are centered on the lives and achievements of some remarkable people in Australian history. Rather than a catalogue of facts the characters are presented as "whole" human beings with strengths and weaknesses.
The Australian Nation Builders aim is to stimulate students to develop concepts, interests, values, feelings and action patterns essential for modern society.
Scripted and dramatized to maximise student interest and develop listening skills, the twelve titles in this program have playing times of approximately 30 minutes each, and were specifically designed to provide source material for Australian history studies.
The titles in the series are: