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NSW Department of Education and Communities

Curriculum support for NSW Public Schools

Directory of sources of educational materials on studies of Asia

This directory has been produced to assist teachers in finding materials that will support them in incorporating studies of Asia into the curriculum. It is not intended that the directory be seen as an exhaustive or exclusive list of sources of suitable resources. Over time other sources of material will no doubt be found and added to the list. Teachers, publishers, suppliers and other interested people are invited to submit details of sources that they know to be useful. The list has been compiled from recommendations from a variety of people working in the field of studies of Asia and checked for accuracy of current contact details as far as possible.

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Galleries and museums

The Art Gallery of NSW

Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney NSW 2000 
Tel: 02 9225 1700
Fax: 02 9221 5129
Details of exhibitions and educational services can be accessed via the web site. Teachers can subscribe to a regular email newsletter. The gallery can organise staff development sessions and provides special programs for primary and secondary schools. One of its productions is an art education kit called Adventures in Asia.

Powerhouse Museum 

500 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2000 / PO Box K346, Haymarket NSW 1238
Tel: 02 9217 0111
Infoline: 02 9217 0444 (for information about education programs)
The Powerhouse Museum is a unique excursion venue. A range of education programs and support materials is available. At any given time there may be an exhibition with an Asian focus, and special teachers’ notes are usually provided for such events.

Australian Museum 

6 College Street, Sydney (opposite Hyde Park) NSW 2010
Tel: 02 9320 6000
Fax: 02 9320 6202
Although primarily a natural history museum, there are exhibits and activities from time to time related to Asia, e.g. Chinese Dinosaurs, Chinese Traditional Medicine. The Australian Museum offers a range of services to teachers and students, including school visits, holiday programs and resources. There are downloadable resources for teachers on the web site.

Gallery 4A, Asia Australia Arts Centre 

181–187 Hay St, Sydney NSW 2000 
Tel: 02 9212 0380
Fax: 02 9281 0873
This is an initiative of the Asian Australian Artists association Inc to promote living Asian cultures in Australia.

National Gallery of Australia 

GPO Box 1150, Canberra ACT 2601  
Among various exhibits, the National Gallery holds an extensive collection of Asian textiles.

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Educational materials, units of work and lesson plans

Access Asia, NSW

Although the Access Asia program has concluded, going to the Curriculum Support page on this web site will lead to a selection of units of work and teaching materials.

Asia Education Foundation  

Level 5, Casselden Place, 2 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000 
The Asia Education Foundation site provides access to material on Asian countries, including classroom resources and units of work. The general catalogue also contains resources relevant to the Studies of Asia in Key Learning Areas, e.g. there is Film Asia which contains lesson plans on selected films for the secondary English classroom.

Asia Education Teachers Association 

GPO Box 2393, Sydney NSW 2000 
Julie O’Keeffe (president)
Tel: 02 4787 5974 
The association produces regular journals (back issues are available) with practical information and resources for teachers.

Association of Independent Schools of NSW

Level 4, 99 York St, Sydney NSW 2000 
Tel: 02 9299 2845
Fax: 02 9290 2274 
The AIS NSW has produced several kits of resources and units of work related to Asia for secondary English and history, a kit on China and a resource on student tours to Asia.

Association of Independent Schools of Victoria Inc. 

PO Box 2138, Prahran VIC 3181 
Tel: 03 9825 7201
Fax: 03 9826 6066
The AIS Victoria has produced a number of kits, videos and sets of teaching units on Asian countries, for primary and secondary schools.

Catholic Education Office, Sydney 

The CEO Bookshop, 38–40 Renwick St (PO Box 217), Leichhardt NSW 2040 
Tel: 02 9568 8221
Fax: 02 9568 8422
CEO, Sydney has produced a resource book, Studies of Asia in the Primary Classroom for teachers.

Department of Education and Training, NSW

Under "Learning and Teaching" on the schools web site, there is access to resources organised by Stages and KLAs. Of relevance to studies of Asia, for example, follow the two lower links to go directly to resources such as, Celebrations and Commemorations, Celebrating Together and Where the Sun Rises.

EdNA Online

Go into "School Education" on this site, then "Key Learning Areas", "Cross Curriculum" and "Studies of Asia" to find an index of resources about each Asian country, as well as general resources for the teaching of Asian Studies, lesson plans and units of instruction, reviews and bibliographies.

ERIC database

This site gives access to the ERIC services. Click on "Lesson Plans" for access to a range of teaching materials.

Languages and Multicultural Education Resources Centre (LMERC) 

150 Palmerston St, Carlton VIC 3053 
Tel: 03 9349 1418
Fax: 03 9349 1295 
LMERC has a list of fiction relating to Asia for schools.

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Some cultural and educational contacts

Asian Arts Society of Australia 

PO Box 996, Potts Point NSW 2011 
Voicemail for enquiries: 02 9225 1861 
The society produces a quarterly journal with excellent articles and photographs, news of exhibitions and events. Member subscriptions can be taken out.

Caritas Australia (the Catholic Agency for overseas aid and development) 

19 MacKenzie St, Nth Sydney NSW 2060 
Tel: 02 9956 5799 or toll free 1800 024 413
Fax: 02 9956 5782
Caritas Australia has Global Education Advisers who will visit schools and provide information on development and social justice issues overseas, helping young people to better understand issues of poverty, injustice and oppression. The web site offers news of projects in Asian countries and educational resources.

The Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney  

The Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney has a web site that provides up-to-date news of interest to teachers and students, including news of Japan and Japan-related events in Sydney. There is a quarterly bulletin called Japan Reports which can be accessed online or sent as hard copy.

Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia 

8 Darwin Ave, Yarralumla ACT 2600 
Tel: 02 6250 8626/7
Fax: 02 6273 7348
Education and Cultural Section
Tel: 02 6250 8628
As part of its Schools Programs, the embassy now offers a range of one-hour workshops on Fridays (bookings are essential) on dance, creative writing (in Indonesian or English), pencak silat, batik, and much more.

The Japan Foundation: Sydney Language Centre and Japan Cultural Centre. 

Level 12, 201 Miller St, North Sydney NSW 2060 (The library is on Level 13.)
The Cultural Centre:
Tel: 02 9954 0111
Fax: 02 9954 0777
The Library
Tel: 02 9922 0000
Fax: 02 9957 6313
The Japan Foundation offers a range of services to teachers, including for example, the newsletter Across the Sea with articles about Japan, and news of events in Australia relating to Japan.

Nan Tien Temple 

Berkeley Rd, Berkeley NSW 2506 
Tel: 02 4272 0600
Fax: 02 4272 0601
The Nan Tien Temple offers tours, overnight stays and vegetarian meals. Activities can be arranged to suit groups. For younger students there is a walking tour with emphasis on the story of Buddha. This includes a tour guide to answer questions. Bookings are essential for school groups. There is a museum with changing exhibitions.

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Specialist travel agents and Asian government travel offices (with offices in Sydney)

Government of India Tourist Office 

Piccadilly Arcade, Pitt St, Sydney 2000 
Tel: 02 9264 4855
Fax: 02 9264 4860

China National Tourist Office 

19th floor, 44 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000 
Tel: 02 9299 4057
Fax: 02 9290 1958

Korea National Tourism Organization

Level 17, Tower Building, Australia Square, 264 George Street, Sydney NSW 2001 
Tel: 02 9252 4147 or 02 9251 1717
Fax: 9251 2104

Singapore Tourism Board

Level 11, AWA Building, 47 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000 
Tel: 02 9290 2888 or 9290 2882
Fax: 02 92902555

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