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Ethics, Eggs and Sustainable Farming

stage 5


Design and Technologies, Digital Technologies, Health and Physical Education

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In this module students will explore egg production in Australia with a focus on ethical practice surrounding egg farming and production, consumer perceptions around purchasing eggs, the laws and regulations surrounding this industry, the level of sustainability in this industry, and possibilities for increased sustainability.

Students will use an inquiry-based approach to research the information throughout this unit and a range of digital technologies to present their information to an audience. They will use the Solutions Fluency learning model designed by Crockett et al. (2011) which will guide their work through six phases, Define, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver and Debrief.

This module is designed for an 8 week period, with several short activities and opportunities for students to complete activities in their own time. Teachers should be aware that some sections may take longer than others and use their discretion when organising their lesson timings.

Students will understand:

  • The importance and complexity of the Australian egg industry
  • Considerations around raising hens
  • The considerations of different groups of consumers
  • Sustainability and future planning in the egg industry
  • The Solutions Fluency model and its use in Design and Digital Technology
  • Ethical considerations around egg production from a range of sources
  • How to use technology to present succinct, appropriate and well-organised information to an audience
  • Australian Eggs website https://www.australianeggs.org.au/
  • Appropriate electronic devices for research such as laptops or iPads
  • Activity sheets (printed, enlarged to A3)
  • Sticky notes
  • Felt tip pens, pencils
  • Access to consumers and farmers
  • 3 x egg packaging (cartons), 1 from each production system, with prices attached
  • Supplementary Interactive Whiteboard resources
  • Interactive whiteboard presentation with supporting resources
  • Activity sheets to support student thinking and learning
  • Assessment rubric

Investigate and make judgments on the ethical and sustainable production and marketing of food and fibre (ACTDEK044)

Critically analyse factors, including social, ethical and sustainability considerations, that impact on designed solutions for global preferred futures and the complex design and production processes involved (ACTDEK040)


Define and decompose real-world problems precisely, taking into account functional and non-functional requirements and including interviewing stakeholders to identify needs (ACTDIP038)

Evaluate critically how student solutions and existing information systems and policies, take account of future risks and sustainability and provide opportunities for innovation and enterprise (ACTDIP042)

Plan and manage projects using an iterative and collaborative approach, identifying risks and considering safety and sustainability (ACTDIP044)


Propose, practise and evaluate responses in situations where external influences may impact on their ability to make healthy and safe choices (ACPPS092)

Investigate how empathy and ethical decision making contribute to respectful relationships (ACPPS093)

Critically analyse and apply health information from a range of sources to health decisions and situations (ACPPS095)

Plan, implement and critique strategies to enhance health, safety and wellbeing of their communities (ACPPS096)

Plan and evaluate new and creative interventions that promote their own and others’ connection to community and natural and built environments (ACPPS097)