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Concept thinking: critical and creative inquiry is a Course

Concept thinking: critical and creative inquiry

Starts Aug 13, 2020

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Date and time

Friday 14 August 2020, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm         


Independent Schools Victoria, 40 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne


This learning event is right for you if you are trying to balance subject achievement standards with the development of critical and creative thinkers


Concept thinking is essential for engaging learners and developing student agency. Learning and teaching through concepts supports the development of critical and creative citizens. Concept thinking is fundamental to an effective interdisciplinary or integrated curriculum. This workshop provides insights into relevant research on critical and creative thinking, and the connections to concept-based inquiry. The workshop also includes practical strategies for teachers and administrators including:

  • developing a common language of concept-based inquiry
  • effective planning for learning and teaching
  • the importance of concepts in the Australian and Victorian curriculum
  • ways to use concepts to engage students with curriculum content
  • rigorous assessment strategies that support critical and creative thinking
  • ways to support student agency.

The essential elements for effective concept-based inquiry learning can be explored in the context of primary or secondary schooling.

Research indicates that thinking through concepts is a critical and creative process.

Key takeaways                

  • understanding of the intrinsic link between creativity, critical thinking, and concept-based inquiry
  • strategies to support voice and choice of learners
  • awareness of how critical and creative thinking resides within, and beyond subjects
  • ways to promote critical and creative thinking as a shared responsibility between teachers, students and school leadership
  • knowledge of how to design assessment that incorporate rigour into inquiry learning.

Presenter information

Dr Marcia Behrenbruch                

Marcia has over 30 years experience in Primary, Middle and Upper Secondary education. She has lived and worked in a variety of countries. In addition to her school experience she worked for the International Baccalaureate as Head of Global Professional Development for the Primary Years Programme and as Head of School Services, supporting the IB continuum of international education from 3 to 19 years of age.

Marcia’s passion in education is ensuring that learning is relevant, significant, challenging and engaging for children of all ages. She believes that this is the first responsibility of educators, and can still be achieved within national or state curricula requirements.