Each year Students of Class 12 in Steiner Schools around the world are challenged to undertake a project of their own devising. These projects range from the purely artistic, to the highly academic. The choice of topic is as individual as the student undertaking it.
There are four assessable parts of the Independent Project.
The “Artefact” is the practical component of the project. It is the focus of what has been created, developed or written. In general terms, the artefact is a tangible thing created by students over the course of the year. As this is the vehicle for most of learning and skill development, the artefact is worth 50% of the final grade.
The “Critical Review” is a written report between 3000 and 10,000 words in length. Its purpose is to provide the reader with a broad overview of the project topic including research and background information and deals with how the student has developed their thinking about the topic and sought solutions to problems raised. The critical review is worth 20% of the final grade.
The “Display” component is a part of the personal presentation of the project. Students are given space to create a visual display of their project representing the stages of work undertaken. The displays are open during the presentation day. The display may consist of photos of the project’s process and other records showing the progress of the years’ work. The Display is worth 10% of the final grade.
The “Presentation” is the final component. Each student will have 20 minutes on stage to talk to the general public about their experience during their year working on the project. This is a reflective presentation where the focus is on what the inspiration was to take on the project, what was learnt along the way, and how inevitable hurdles were overcome throughout the whole process. The presentation is worth 20% of the final grade.
Independent assessors assess the presentation, as well as the display. This year the projects will assessed by Dr Uwe Terton and Dr Ginna Brock, both lecturers from the University of the Sunshine Coast, and Ms Nerrida Johnson, Principal of Cape Byron Steiner School.