Haydn, Terry and Harris, Richard John
What factors influence pupils' commitment to history as a school subject? A view from the United Kingdom.
In, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (AERA 2009), San Diego, USA,
13 - 18 Apr 2009.
Approximately seven out of 10 pupils in England choose to exercise their right to drop history as a school subject as soon as they are able to do so (at the age of 13 or 14). However, this 30% overall take-up rate conceals massive variations between schools, with over 80% of pupils continuing to study the subject in some schools, and under 5% in others. The study, which was funded by the Curriculum and Qualifications Authority (QCA), sought to gain greater insight into the factors influencing post-compulsory take-up of history, with a complex range of factors emerging as influencing these figures. The findings should be of interest to those involved in history education in high schools.
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