Education students crow about innovation

Education students are certainly not scared to crow about innovative design solutions- in fact, passers-by will see a range of strange, innovative and potentially scary objects appear on the grounds of the Albury-Wodonga campus of La Trobe University this week.


 On Wednesday 22 April, students who are undertaking the pre-service teacher education course, the Graduate Diploma in Education (P-12), (GDE P-12) will be involved in an activity of scarecrow designing and making, with at least 12 scarecrows to be constructed during the morning.

One particular aspect of this task is for the students to consider how the interdisciplinary learning area of design, creativity and technology education might be incorporated into their teaching.
The 80 students undertaking the GDE P-12 were asked to consider the following:
'Food is a vital component for human existence. In our current world, there are numerous debates in relation to how food is produced, stored and made available to people. As a basic project, we are going to examine a way of how we as individuals can have some involvement in protecting our own food sources in an environmentally sustainable way.'
The P-12 students were then given a brief to design and construct a scarecrow within certain parameters. The students have been working in small groups over the last few weeks to think about the design brief, develop a design and plan for the construction of their scarecrows. 

In developing this activity for the P-12 students, the academic staff had had the following learning aims in mind, anticipating that our pre service teachers:
•    Can consider ‘Big Issues’ or  ‘Rich Concepts’ such as environmental sustainability and how they may be able to link these to the teaching aspects of design, creativity and technology education;
•    Experience a ‘hands on’  and ‘authentic task ‘ by working through the complete (whole) design cycle;
•    Build the students’ confidence in problem-solving and thinking;
•    By working  in teams to complete the project, that the students will interrogate the complexity that this can entail, and
•    That we can bring learning experiences beyond the walls of the classroom and that learning might also involve some fun.

For further information on the activity, please contact either:

Mark Selkrig, Education Lecturer, Ph: 02 6024 9691, Email:   OR
Christine Bottrell, Education Lecturer, Ph: 02 6024 9866, Email:

To arrange an interview or for further information, please contact:
Name Reinhard Beissbarth                                      Phone 02 6024 9874
Email                         Company  La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga