ERIC Number: ED080415
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
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History in English Secondary Schools. A Review of Practice and A Programme for Development: The Schools Council Project in History 13-16 at the University of Leeds. Occasional Paper #73-2.
Wenham, Peter D.
The Schools Council Project investigated current practices in teaching history, identified objectives and obstacles and carried out a program in trial schools based upon conclusions drawn from the investigation. An experimental framework for syllabus construction based first on the conceptual structure of history and second, on a taxonomy of educational objectives was abandoned in favor of a framework founded on "the uses of history for the adolescents." For example, units within the framework correspond to the specific uses of history (explain the present) and bear general relation to some of the other uses, (understand human development). Thus greater variety of content and ways of looking at history with an emphasis on inquiry in depth and the development of investigative skills were identified as educational objectives to be pursued in the implementation of the project. Since examinations were regarded by the teachers as of paramount priority, the Project suggested an examination program based on various methods of assessment which test historical skills as well as historical knowledge. The recommendations of the council will be carried out (September 1973) in trial schools. Teaching materials will be produced and tested. Case studies of the individual schools will operate as the mode of evaluation of the Program. (JRB)
Descriptors: Classification, Comparative Education, Conceptual Schemes, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Educational Programs, Field Studies, History Instruction, Inquiry, Models, Program Descriptions, Secondary Schools, Skill Development, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Programs
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Stony Brook. American Historical Association Education Project.