The sharing economy and the changing nature of work

SubjectWork Studies YearYear 10 CurriculumAC v8.4 Time250

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Students learn about the sharing economy and use it as a case study to investigate the changing nature of work

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Achievement Standard

By the end of Year 10 students explain the relationship between changing circumstances, learning and 21st century work opportunities and identify the skills needed to manage changes.They evaluate work-related communication tools and analyse the skills and capacities needed for 21st century work including appropriate communication skills, collaboration and teamwork.Students explain the importance of developing entrepreneurial skills and a distinct profile to access and manage 21st century work opportunities and challenges. Students understand the importance of growing self-awareness in improving learning, accessing work opportunities and developing appropriate skills and making more-informed subject and career choices. They analyse emerging 21st century work arrangements and the resultant changing relationships between participants, the opportunities arising and the skills needed for these emerging work arrangements. Students explain the roles of agencies associated with employment support. They outline 21st century approaches to recruitment and selection, and skills required in responding to them. Students explain the benefits of different cultural perspectives in managing work and problem-solving. They identify possible tensions arising in work-related contexts and understand the approaches to resolve conflicts and tensions.

Students process the skills required to manage change and transition. They select learning strategies and career information and sources and evaluate and align their personal capacities.They select and apply appropriate communication methods in a range of contexts. Students form and work in teams on a range of work-related tasks and observe and incorporate the skills needed to work collaboratively. They apply entrepreneurial skills to plan, implement and complete a negotiated action project. Students evaluate their findings, propose actions, make recommendations and present these to an audience of stakeholders. They synthesise increased self-knowledge and career information to school and career-based decisions and create potential career scenarios. Students research a range of information and data to identify trends in work arrangements emerging over time and evaluate agencies and organisations that support various employment situations. Students practise using and responding to 21st century recruitment and selection tools, methods and skills for accessing real and created work opportunities. Students collect and interpret information on different cultural approaches to ways of working. They explain the importance of culturally diverse workplaces to managing work, work relationships and productivity. Students apply conflict resolution methods and skills to work-related contexts

Content descriptions

Analyse emerging approaches to work and the implications these have for workers to be flexible, proactive and responsive (ACWSCL034).

Explain how diverse work arrangements are impacting on the rights and responsibilities of employers and workers (ACWSCL039).

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The sharing economy and the changing nature of work


Sharing economy

Suggested activity sequence

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  1. Brainstorm the meaning and examples of the sharing economy.
  2. Use a grouping strategy to organise students into pairs.
  3. Pairs of students read the explainer.
  4. As a class, brainstorm how work has changed and how it will change in the future including the emergence of the sharing economy. Possible prompts include:
    • What jobs have disappeared due to artificial intelligence or automation?
    • How did the global pandemic affect the way people work?
    • Do you think this development will continue?
    • What jobs have been created by the sharing economy?
    • How does the sharing economy change the way people work?
    • What are the implications for employer and workers’ rights in the sharing economy 
  5. Play: The sharing economy. This video gives a definition of the sharing economy and the tax obligations that providers may have.
  6. Think-pair-share: What might be the tax implications for people participating in the sharing economy?
  7. Pairs of students complete the investigation.
  8. Use a discussion strategy for students to share their conclusions with other students.
  9. Invite students to share conclusions with the class