Getting pupils to ‘see the point’ of school subjects: history, a case study

Harris, Richard and Hatdn, Terry (2007) Getting pupils to ‘see the point’ of school subjects: history, a case study. In, ECER 2007, Ghent, Belgium, 18 - 22 Sep 2007.


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This paper examines the factors that influence pupil take up of a subject, in this case history, at GCSE. The research indicates that pupils enjoy history but significant factors prevent many from choosing it for further study; these include factors that are beyond the control of teachers, such as government policy and the way this is interpreted by senior managers in school, and factors that are within the control of teachers. The paper suggests that there are lessons that departments can learn from more successful departments but there are also important side effects of government policy that are having unintended consequences.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: This paper forms the basis of a formal report funded by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
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Keywords: history, gcse, school effect, teacher effect, educational policy
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Professional Practice & Pedagogy
ePrint ID: 48772
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Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:25

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