|SACE Stage||SACE Stage 2
|SACE Credits||20 credits
|Curriculum Area||Cross Disciplinary Studies
|Subject Length||2 semesters
|Contact Person||Dr. Alexandra Holeva
|Description||Community Studies offers students the opportunity to learn in a community context and to interact with teachers, peers, and community members beyond the school environment. Students decide the focus of their community activity, which begins from a point of personal interest, skill, or knowledge. By setting challenging and achievable goals in a community activity, students enhance their skills and understandings in a guided and supported learning program. They develop their capability to work independently and to apply their skills and knowledge in practical ways in their community. The focus capabilities for this subject are communication and citizenship. Community Studies can be studied as a 10-credit subject or a 20-credit subject in one or more of the ten areas of study.
|Topics||Students prepare a contract of work to develop a community activity from the following ten areas of study:
• Arts and the Community
• Health, Recreation, and the Community
• Science and the Community
• Technology and the Community
• Work and the Community
|Assessment||Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:
• Contract of Work
• Reflection - the reflection is a piece of writing of up to a maximum of 500 words, or the equivalent in multimedia format, for a 10-credit subject; and up to a maximum of 1000 words, or equivalent in multimedia format for a 20-credit subject. After completing the community activity and receiving feedback from their community contact and others, students reflect on what they have learnt and the value of their community activity to themselves and to the community. This summary and reflection may be presented in written format, or a combination of written, visual, and oral modes using digital communications. The reflection is double marked, firstly by the student’s teacher and secondly by an external assessor appointed by the SACE Board. The teacher and the external assessor make a decision about the quality of the critical reflection with reference to the performance standards.
Performance Standards - The Community Studies performance standards describe five levels of achievement that are reported with the grades A to E. The school-based assessments and the external assessment will be marked with reference to the performance standards.
|Special Conditions||This subject may be offered by several teachers depending on the focus area chosen by the student.