Getting pupils to 'see the point' of school subjects: history, a case study
Harris, R. and Hatdn, T. (2007) Getting pupils to 'see the point' of school subjects: history, a case study. In: ECER 2007, 18-22 September 2007, Belguim. (Unpublished)
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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.
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