History education in comprehensive schools: using school level data to interpret national patterns
Harris, R., Burn, K. and Downey, C. (2012) History education in comprehensive schools: using school level data to interpret national patterns. Oxford Review of Education, 38 (4). pp. 413-436. ISSN 0305-4985
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1080/03054985.2012.707614
This paper reports the findings from two large scale national on-line surveys carried out in 2009 and 2010, which explored the state of history teaching in English secondary schools. Large variation in provision was identified within comprehensive schools in response to national policy decisions and initiatives. Using the data from the surveys and school level data that is publicly available, this study examines situated factors, particularly the nature of the school intake, the numbers of pupils with special educational needs and the socio-economic status of the area surrounding the school, and the impact these have on the provision of history education. The findings show that there is a growing divide between those students that have access to the ‘powerful knowledge’, provided by subjects like history, and those that do not.
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