The purpose of this unit is to introduce students to the industrial revolution, which was a key turning point in human history, ushering in the modern world. The focus here will be on analysing this change, allowing students to consider what it means to talk, think and write about change in history. Also important is an emphasis on the concepts of innovation and revolution - what the key ingredients for innovation are, and its impact on society in different ways.
STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
"Innovation in science and technology can lead to revolutionary changes in the ways we live and work"
Scientific and Technical Innovation (modernisation, industrialisation and engineering) - Students will explore the natural world and its laws; the interaction between people and the natural world; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on communities and environments; the impact of environments on human activity; how humans adapt environments to their needs.
Change - Change is a conversion, transformation, or movement from one form, state or value to another. Inquiry into the concept of change involves understanding and evaluating causes, processes and consequences.
Innovation and Revolution - Innovation incorporates the understanding of processes that drive change and invention. In history, this concept looks at the process of generating new ideas, events, movements, products or solutions through the alteration, transformation, reorganization, restructuring, rearrangement, or renovation of existing ideas, events, movements, products or solutions. Innovation involves individuals and societies because they use their capacity to create, contrive and initiate a capacity that can lead to both positive and negative consequences in the short term and the long term.
1. What were the causes of the Industrial Revolution?
The Industrial Revolution was a key turning point in human history, ushering in revolutionary changes in the way we live and work, transforming our world. Why this occurred in the 18th century, and why it occurred in Britain will be debated in this lesson, with students examining and analysing the causes.
2. How did innovations lead to revolutionary changes?
3. Who were the winners and losers from the Industrial Revolution?
Whilst the industrial revolution brought many changes, this lesson questions whether it was a benefit to all sections of society. This will be done by investigating the living and working conditions of the working class, in particular children, in this new industrial age, questioning the idea of progress and what it means.
4. What did the Industrial Revolution do for us?
5. What can sources tell us about the Industrial Revolution?
Analysing and evaluating sources is one the key skills of a historian. This lesson introduces students to ways in which we can evaluate sources for information and how we can then use that to build up a bigger picture of the past. These skills are then applied to the industrial revolution and the common sources from the period.