The Murder under the Microscope (MuM) project supports the New South Wales Stage 3 Science and Technology and Human Society and its Environment and Stages 4 and 5 Science and Geography syllabuses. It also addresses aspects of cross curriculum content for literacy, numeracy and ICT.
Teachers from other states, territories and countries should use these as a guide to relevant curricula.
Why does the learning matter?
Students become immersed in research and problem-solving activities in order to solve the mystery of the eco-crime. The students work in teams to undertake the research and prepare to present their findings. In the final stage of the project, their learning comes together and is synthesised for an authentic purpose – to prepare a catchment management plan that ensures the future of the environment.
Murder under the microscope (MuM) assists teachers to implement the model of pedagogy presented in Quality teaching in New South Wales public schools by the NSW Department of Education and Training. The model rests upon three dimensions - intellectual quality, quality learning environment and significance.
Quality learning environment
For more information on the NSW Quality Teaching model, visit the website https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/proflearn/areas/qt/