ERIC Number: ED351251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
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Effects of a Literature-Based Approach to History on Sixth Graders' Achievement and Attitudes.
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a literature-based approach to history on sixth graders' achievement, in terms of their historical understanding, and their attitudes. An experimental group receiving a literature-based approach was compared to a control group receiving a textbook-based approach. Both groups were similar in terms of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and academic achievement. The focus of the unit was South Africa and the content and style of instruction were similar for both groups. The instruments used to assess the effects of the literature-based approach included a final examination, a "changing views" activity, the question asking "How did this novel help you learn about South Africa?" and an attitude survey. The results indicated that the experimental group achieved a more meaningful understanding of the historical content as evidenced by their more elaborate responses, their emotional and personal involvement, and their positive ratings on the attitude survey. The conclusions suggest that historical fiction can provide students with a richer and more mature understanding of history as well as increase their enjoyment of and appreciation for history. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: South Africa
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