The latest Certificates in General Education for Adults (CGEA) curriculum was accredited in 2013 and a free Implementation Guide is now available.
I found the new guide to be quite an improvement on the previous version. The focus is mainly on showing users how to integrate units in various ways so students get the chance to use authentic texts. Case studies are used to demonstrate what the writers mean by this.
I liked the Case Study that showed how a class organised a fund raiser morning tea as an official part of the Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning tea.
This offered a reasonably simple class activity that could provide assessment opportunities for a number of units.
Case study 3 is based on assessment activities for the Initial CGEA course based around the local library. The writers used this activity to show how to record the integrated mapping of four units focusing on Reading and Numeracy. There is also a recording sheet to allow evidence to be captured while watching a student interact with online information. You will need to do some adaptation as the online resources suggested are Victorian. This year’s WAALC conference will have a session on how Western Australian libraries are now accessible 24/7 which will offer ideas on how to adapt the activity for higher level students.
I will be using the new Guide in this year’s Introduction to the CGEA Part 1 workshops for teachers new to CGEA. But even if you are a more experienced user of the CGEA courses, you might want a quick browse through this Guide to see what it has to offer you.
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