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

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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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Haydn, Terry and Harris, Richard John (2009) What factors influence pupils' commitment to history as a school subject? A view from the United Kingdom At American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (AERA 2009). 13 - 18 Apr 2009.

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Published date: 15 April 2009
Venue - Dates: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (AERA 2009), 2009-04-13 - 2009-04-18
Keywords: history education, key stage 3, key stage 4, gcse, options

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Local EPrints ID: 66015
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/66015
PURE UUID: 7c640032-1c4d-4ee2-92f8-05b874b32a7b

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Date deposited: 20 Apr 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:28

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Author: Terry Haydn
Author: Richard John Harris

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