What factors influence pupils' commitment to history as a school subject? A view from the United Kingdom


Haydn, Terry and Harris, Richard John (2009) 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.

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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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Keywords: history education, key stage 3, key stage 4, gcse, options
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Leadership, School Improvement and Effectiveness
ePrint ID: 66015
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2009
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:47
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/66015

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