Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

City Experience: Engaging Students: Innovative City Classroom Programs in the City of Melbourne

Harold Beck.

Once the city was a destination for teacher led day excursions. Increasingly, it has become the week long classroom for student initiated investigations. Schools are setting up short term city based classrooms for students to develop lifeskills. Surprisingly, some suburban 15 year olds have never caught a tram, viewed live theatre or ridden in an office lift at 7 metres per second. To engage fifteen year old adolescent students more in their education, innovative City Experience programs are developing. As the Education Officer in the City of Melbourne, I am involved in a wide array of student and teacher requests about studying the city. This session will outline the new needs, and proactive education programs applying the city as an exciting theme to enrich and motivate adolescents.


Harold Beck  (Australia)
Education Officer
Community Services
City of Melbourne

Harold beck is the Middle Years (Years 5-9) Coordinator at Bright P-12 College, in Bright Victoria; Teacher of Year 11-12 Economics, Computers, Business Management and Psychology; and currently on secondment to the City of Melbourne

  • Educational Programs
  • Student Engagement
  • City Classrooms
Person as Subject
  • Beck Harold

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)