ERIC Number: ED256670
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Education for International Understanding in the United Kingdom. A Study of the Syllabuses of the G.C.E. and C.S.E. Examination Boards to Assess Their International Content. Occasional Papers II.
A study of selected formal examination syllabi used in Great Britain revealed that the examining boards for the Certificate in Secondary Education and the General Certificate of Education have incorporated little material that would give students an understanding of international issues. Syllabi for the International Bacalaureate do contain more such material. The subjects considered were geography, history, religious studies, language and literature, social sciences, general studies, other humanities, business studies and government, arts and crafts, mathematics, science, and technical subjects. Only in geography did significant amounts of material address international concerns. Even when an international dimension exists, the syllabi rarely give guidance on the interpretation or approach to be adopted. The examination papers also demonstrate that examiners are frequently seeking factual knowledge and interpretation rather than responses to and understanding of international issues. From the examiner's reports, it also appears that the international options and syllabi are not the most popular, and on open papers the international questions are chosen less often by the candidates. (IS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: London Univ. (England). School of Oriental and African Studies.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)