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ERIC Number: EJ1126833
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0610
Nurturing Aspirations for Oxbridge: An Exploration of the Impact of University Preparation Classes on Sixth-Form Historians
Hemsley, Lucy
Teaching History, n165 p28-36 Dec 2016
Frustrated by the low numbers of students from her comprehensive state school who expressed any interest in applying to Oxford or Cambridge to study history, Lucy Hemsley set out to explore ways in which she might both inspire and equip her students to do so. Her careful analysis of the explicit requirements of the two universities suggested that A-level specifications and assessment criteria alone did not promote a sufficiently challenging or engaging vision of high-level historical thinking. Hemsley's subsequent struggle to find out what kinds of "super-curricular" provision were offered by other schools inspired her not only to develop her own programme of university preparation classes but to share the details of the scheme and her evaluation of its impact in order to encourage more explicit collaboration between schools in the interests of broadening students' experience, promoting their independence and enriching their sense of historical perspective. A list of notes and references is provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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