Students examine the differences between casual work and the gig economy.

Year level

9-12

Duration

60 minutes

Type

In class activity

SEL Competencies

Self-management

Learning intention

Students investigate the differences between freelance work and casual employment.

Key outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe freelance and casual work

  • understand the gig economy and the changing nature of work.

Materials needed

  • Paper

  • Pens

  • Access to the ReachOut.com article 'Your guide to juggling casual and freelance work'.

Mapped to

Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities

  • Personal and Social Capability:

    • Social awareness

    • Social management

    • Self-awareness

    • Self-management

  • Critical and Creative Thinking:

    • Inquiring

    • Generating

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Activity 1

Explain

5 minutes

The gig economy:

  • There has been a significant increase in the amount of contract, temporary and freelance work – dubbed ‘the gig economy’.

  • Examples are: Deliveroo, Uber drivers, musicians paid per appearance.

Activity 2

Think, Puzzle, Explore

10 minutes

Individually or in pairs, students answer the following questions. Allow time between each question to encourage students to think deeply.

  • Think: What do you think you know about the gig economy?

  • Puzzle: What questions do you have about the gig economy?

  • Explore: How can you learn more about the gig economy?

Activity 3

Class discussion

10 minutes

  • Discuss with students their thoughts on each Think, Puzzle, Explore question.

  • Students can add to their answers as the class discussion continues.

Activity 4

Explain

5 minutes

Casual employment does not have regular or systematic hours of work. Include examples.

Activity 5

Think, Puzzle, Explore

10 minutes

Individually or in pairs, students answer the following questions. Allow time between each question to encourage students to think deeply.

  • Think: What do you think you know about casual employment?

  • Puzzle: What questions do you have about casual employment?

  • Explore: How can you learn more about casual employment?

Activity 6

Class discussion

10 minutes

  • Discuss with students their thoughts on each Think, Puzzle, Explore question.

  • Students can add to their answers as the class discussion continues.

Activity 7

Student inquiry

5 minutes

Students seek to answer the questions they wrote down. They may use one of the ways they suggest. Alternatively, they could use one of the following websites:

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