• Early Childhood
  • Literacy

Kath Murdoch: Literacy and Inquiry in Early Years

PL # 12924.
Starting on 20 May 2021
Cancellation permitted until 13/05/2021
For Members$100
For Catholic Members$150
For Non-Members$180
Registration Close Date 13/05/2021
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Registrations open to

  • AISWA Member Schools (non-CEO)
  • Catholic Member Schools
  • Non-Members



In this workshop, Kath explores the links between an inquiry approach and literacy in the early years of school. There is increasing awareness of the need for students to ‘make connections’ in their learning- to see the links between learning areas; to link prior and new knowledge; theory to action, and classroom learning to the ‘real world’. As teachers, we are now striving to make our classrooms places where students are given the tools to help them become life long learners. How do we do all of this and ensure that we are ‘covering’ the literacy demands of the curriculum as well?

As students explore topics and issues of substance across the curriculum, they work with and generate written, visual and oral texts . These texts provide us with wonderful literacy teaching opportunities and the chance to really stretch students’ thinking skills. At each stage of an inquiry, we can challenge students to use reading, writing, speaking and listening skills for worthwhile purposes and gradually find ourselves planning and teaching in much more efficient and powerful ways.


Kath Murdoch


Kath Murdoch is an experienced teacher, author, university lecturer and popular consultant who has worked for many years in schools throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, America and Europe. She is widely respected for her work in the field of inquiry based learning and integrative curriculum in which she has taught, researched and published for well over 20 years.

Kath began her professional life as a classroom teacher in Melbourne. Her fascination in how students’ constructed their understandings - and her interest in the way questions and big ideas could drive curriculum soon lead to a passion for integrative and inquiry based methodologies. This passion has become a career long focus for teaching, research and writing and the methodologies in which Kath specialises are now central to curriculum frameworks in many parts of the world – including the popular International Baccalaureate, PYP program.

Critical to Kath’s success is her continued involvement in classroom teaching. Whether it is to demonstrate techniques, coach teachers or build her own repertoire of practices, Kath is committed to regular and ongoing work with students. Her classroom work and research feeds a dynamic and ever-evolving expertise in the area of integrative and inquiry-based learning.

Kath’s professional development offerings are diverse. They range from intensive partnerships with schools to develop inquiry programs and practices over several years through to one-day workshops for beginning or experienced inquiry teachers. Whether in her home town of Melbourne or on the other side of the world, working with a team or speaking to a packed auditorium Kath’s style is refreshingly practical, inclusive and always connected to the real world of teaching.


Event Info

Date / Time

Starts: 08:30
Finishes: 15:30


AISWA Training Room Suite 1
Suite 1, 41 Walters Drive
Osborne Park WA 6017


Parking bays are available on Walters Drive (max. fee is $5.00 p/day). Alternatively, public transport is available via train & bus: Joondalup Line – Stop at Glendalough Station. Bus transfers: Bus no. 407, Bus stop: 25350

Learning Area

  • Early Childhood
  • Literacy

School Area

  • Early Childhood (PK - 2)

Event Contact

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