PD Program & Speakers

The inaugural Psyched PD aims to help you build a deeper understanding of the new key knowledge and skills, so that you can teach with confidence in 2023 and beyond.

Detailed program

8:50-9am

Acknowledgement of Country, welcome, and introduction to the day

9-9:30am: VCAA Briefing – Erin Wilson

Guided by the questions pre-submitted by attendees, Erin will discuss the rationale for the new aspects of the new Study Design, provide background to the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inclusions, and discuss how the new course builds on the F-10 Curriculum.

9:30-10:45am: Developing Classroom Cultural Responsiveness – Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

In this interactive session (please be ready to participate in smaller breakout rooms after the plenary), we’ve partnered with AIATSIS to explore teacher identity, self-awareness, culture and how this impacts learners. We provide and describe diagrams and graphic organisers which will support and empower teachers with tools and mindset to select the most appropriate resources. Furthermore, teachers will be supported in utilising criteria to identify outdated or inappropriate resources. This session explores the key questions in resource evaluation and provides hands-on opportunities to explore and examine resources in a supportive environment with open communication and modelling. Teachers are supported in the development of personal action plans to invoke thought and commit to school based action. This session explores themes of prejudice, unconscious bias, discrimination, racism and whiteness and how they impact the day-to-day business of schools and teachers in classrooms.

10:45-11am

Morning tea break

11am-12pm: A deep dive into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aspects of the Study Design – Meredith McKague

Drawing upon her research regarding the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aspects of the Study Design, Meredith will be guiding us through the following Key Knowledge points:

  • approaches to learning that situate the learner within a system, as illustrated by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing where learning is viewed as being embedded in relationships where the learner is part of a multimodal system of knowledge patterned on Country
  • the use of mnemonics (acronyms, acrostics and the method of loci) by written cultures to increase the encoding, storage and retrieval of information] as compared with the use of mnemonics such as sung narrative used by oral cultures, including Aboriginal peoples’ use of songlines

12-1pm: A deep dive into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aspects of the Study Design (continued) – Meredith McKague

After a short break, Meredith will be guiding us through the following Key Knowledge points:

  • ways of considering mental wellbeing, including levels of functioning; resilience, as the ability to cope with and manage change and uncertainty; and social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB), as a multidimensional and holistic framework for wellbeing that encapsulates all elements of being (body, mind and emotions, family and kinship, community, culture, country, spirituality and ancestors) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • cultural determinants, including cultural continuity and self-determination, as integral for the maintenance of wellbeing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

1-1:30pm

Lunch break

1:30-2:30pm Autobiographical memory – Associate Professor Meredith McKague

In this session, Meredith will unpack the role of episodic and semantic memory in retrieving autobiographical events and in constructing possible imagined futures, which is a new and complex part of the course.

2:30-3:30pm: Key Science Skills: The mixed design – Michael Diamond

Michael Diamond is the author of the research methods/key science skills chapter for the 2023 Nelson VCE Psychology Textbook, which focuses on the key science skills for the new study design. To write this chapter, he had to grapple with the new study design, which allowed him to identify some of the tricky content and consider how this information could be distilled and taught to students. This session will cover worked example of a mixed methods scenario, going through the logic of between subjects, within subjects and mixed design. It shows how to might build a more complex design capable of dealing with issues like order effects as well as control groups, leveraging the advantages of each design in a mixed design.

3:30-4pm: Neuromodulators & Gut-brain Axis – Ken Ong & Andy Keating

In this session, Ken and Andy will discuss neuromodulators and the gut-brain connection so you can feel more confident about these new aspects of the Study Design.

Speakers

Erin Wilson

Erin Wilson is the Curriculum Manager, STEM for the VCAA. With responsibilities including VCE Biology, VCE Psychology and the Victorian Curriculum F-10 Science, she has a keen interest in engaging students in science education and developing quality science and STEM curriculum for all learners from F-12.


AIATSIS: Daniel Greene

AIATSIS cares for a growing collection of more than 1 million items encompassing films, photographs, audio recordings, art and objects, printed and other resource materials. We conduct research to the highest ethical standards, directly benefiting the communities we work with. We publish award-winning books and content that engages people with the story of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia. Our partnerships span the globe, including government, academic, corporate, cultural and community sectors. Our unique and dynamic convergence of knowledge, resources and expertise enable us to tell the nation’s story and enhance the lives of all Australians. We tell the story of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia and create opportunities for people to encounter, engage and be transformed by that story. We support and facilitate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural resurgence. We shape our national narrative.

AIATSIS is significant, as both a keeping place for culturally important Indigenous knowledges and as a resource for improving individual understandings of Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander histories and cultures. We are custodians of the largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander materials in the world.

AIATSIS is in a unique position to develop authoritative resources from an Indigenous viewpoint, to support teaching about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures and provide teachers with professional learning to teach in a culturally safe way. With the newly established education team, AIATSIS will work alongside education groups to support all educators, from early childhood settings through to primary and senior school levels.

Daniel Greene: Assistant Director of Education

Daniel is an Alyawarre man originally from the Northern Territory. He has taught in the ACT public school system for 20 years, working on many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-specific projects and initiatives. Daniel has worked in classes from Kindergarten to Year 10 and was recognised for his service to the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in 2017 when he received the ACT and surrounding regions’ NAIDOC Person of the Year. He continues to serve the local and national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through his work at AIATSIS.


Meredith McKague

Associate Professor Meredith McKague is a cognitive psychologist in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at The University of Melbourne where she coordinates first year psychology. She was the Chief Assessor for the VCE psychology exam between 2013 and 2020. Meredith conducts research and teaching in the areas of learning, memory and language and is an allied member of the Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project (AIPEP).


Michael Diamond

Michael Diamond is the author of the research methods chapter for the 2023 Nelson VCE Psychology Textbook, which focuses on the key science skills for the new study design. Michael’s areas of specialty within psychology are research methods, statistics, utilising technology, and creating teaching content at both the VCE and the tertiary level. Michael has worked as a Research Consultant for Unforgettable Research Services (a platform for the collection and analysis of data from smartphones, wearable devices, Internet of Things [IoT], and social media) and as the Hub Coordinator for the Complex Human Data Hub within the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Michael is a recipient of the Australian Psychological Society APS prize, and holds a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Honours), a Graduate Diploma in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Medical and Health Science.


Ken Ong & Andrew Keating

Ken and Andy manage Psyched, and between them, have published several textbooks, workbooks, practice exams, online learning videos, and subject notes for VCE Psychology, Biology, and Health & Human Development. Andy has held a Leading Teacher position for Curriculum Innovation, and been the VCE Manager at Ruyton Girls’ School where he currently teaches. Ken has held VCE Coordinator, Senior Year Level Coordinator, and Staff Professional Learning Leading Teacher positions at Melbourne High School where he currently teaches.