The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Pupil perspectives on the purposes and benefits of studying history in high school: a view from the UK

Haydn, Terry and Harris, Richard (2010) Pupil perspectives on the purposes and benefits of studying history in high school: a view from the UK Journal of Curriculum Studies, 42, (2), pp. 241-261.

Record type: Article

Abstract

Drawing on data from 1,740 pupil questionnaires and 160 pupils in focus group interviews, the paper explores pupils’ views on why they study history in high school. Although many pupils reported that they did consider the study of history to be useful, their views on why history is part of the school curriculum bore little relation to those given in curriculum specifications and in academic discourse about the purposes and benefits of studying history in school.

The study provides insight into pupils’ ideas about why they study history at school and considers the implications of these ideas for history teachers and history teacher educators. In addition to suggesting that many pupils have very vague and inchoate ideas about the purposes of school history, the data also revealed a clear ‘school effect’ on pupils’ views about history. In some schools, quite a high proportion of pupils were able to articulate the benefits of studying history in terms which bore some correlation to the case for school history identified in official curriculum documentation, whereas in other schools, far fewer pupils were able to do this.

It seems possible that many history teachers may be making assumptions about pupils’ understanding of the rationale for studying history in school. The variations between schools suggested that there are things that teachers can do to explain the purposes and benefits of school history to their pupils. The outcomes of the study also indicate that there is a case for history teachers devoting more time and thought to helping pupils to understand the purposes and benefits of studying history in high school in order to improve the motivation and engagement of their pupils

Full text not available from this repository.

More information

Published date: 2010
Keywords: history, pupil perspective, purposes

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 69810
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/69810
ISSN: 0022-0272
PURE UUID: 7ec17e60-aeb7-4b14-8956-6b2a43b9115f

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 04 Dec 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:05

Export record

Contributors

Author: Terry Haydn
Author: Richard Harris

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton: eprints@soton.ac.uk

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/cgi/oai2

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×