The History Roadshow is a program of curricula-specific presentations tailored for rural (non-Melbourne) History students in Years 11 and 12 and delivered locally through regional tours by subject experts.
Professor Peter McPhee AM, Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne, presenting at a History Roadshow tour to Goulburn Valley Grammar School, Shepparton
Objectives and intent
The Roadshow’s primary purpose is to provide VCE History students from rural schools with rich curriculum-related experiences.
The Roadshow tours aim to redress rural disadvantage in schools by providing opportunities for senior secondary History students and their teachers to engage with academic and professional historians. Inspiring presenters will stimulate students’ interest in their areas of study and will offer fresh perspectives to extend students’ and teachers’ understanding of historical themes. Roadshow tours will enrich students’ learning opportunities and enhance their engagement with History subjects. The Roadshow aims to help build life-long enthusiasm for the study of history.
The Roadshow’s primary audience is students of History in Units 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the VCE (Years 11 and 12) and their teachers at schools in rural Victoria. These students lack easy access to the many enrichment activities available to their peers in Melbourne. Feedback from teachers regularly states that they are not able to organise trips to Melbourne given timetable constraints, distance and the considerable costs involved in transporting students to the city; they lack ready access to academics and the time to design a suitable program for their students. In addition, teachers in rural areas lack easy access themselves to the professional development that comes through contact with peers, subject specialists and academic experts.
Additional recipients of the History Roadshow (from 2015 onwards) are Year 9 and 10 students who are invited to attend a general-interest session (offered as part of each tour) on career pathways that open up from History studies. The session will demonstrate formally to students that History subjects (and Humanities subjects in general) have professional employment outcomes.