Dr. David Dufty Award

for

Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Society and Culture

Dr David Dufty AM (1926 – 2019)

David Dufty was a driving force in bringing Society and Culture into the NSW curriculum. He was the founding Chair of the Society and Culture Syllabus Committee, a teacher of teachers of Society and Culture and a Life Member of the Society and Culture Association. David is remembered for his vision and the creativity and inspiration he brought to the development of Society and Culture as a significant curriculum innovation in our schools. Those who worked and studied with him remember Dufty as pragmatic, innovative, revolutionary, reflective and always original and ethical. These qualities have been an inspiration to so many Society and Culture teachers and are qualities now embedded in the Dr David Dufty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Society and Culture.

Dr David Dufty

2023 David Dufty Awardee Michael Virata

It is with great pleasure that this year’s recipient of The Dr David Dufty for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Society and Culture is Michael Virata, Normanhurst Boys High School.


Michael’s submission, Making Real ‘Connexions’: The case for Intercultural Exchange, provided insight into the creation of a dynamic, authentic and creative teaching and learning experience developed to enhance students’ understanding of theoretical perspectives while also creating meaningful opportunities for developing social and cultural literacy skills through a virtual intercultural exchange program with a secondary school in South Korea.

This submission is certainly reflective of Dr David Dufty’s vision and beliefs in the importance of understanding Social and Cultural Continuity and Change, his passion for the Year 11 topic Intercultural Communication and lastly, in true Dr Dufty style, the inclusion of utilising technologies innovatively in a Society and Culture classroom.

The award will be presented at next year’s Society and Culture Awards evening to be held on Friday 8th March, 2024 at the State Library of NSW. Congratulations!

Persis Kshetrapal

the 2020 recipient of the Dr. David Dufty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Society and Culture

 Christina Kalinic

the 2021 recipient of the Dr. David Dufty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Society and Culture

Sara Gray

the 2022 recipient of the Dr. David Dufty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Society and Culture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An extract of Sara Gray submission

The recipient of the Dr David Dufty (AM) Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Society and Culture, 2022