Students’ preferences in learning history

Rosy Talin (2013) Students’ preferences in learning history. Global Advanced Research Journal of Arts and Humanities (GARJAH), 2 (2). 014-019.


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There are many studies referring to improving the teaching of History in the classroom but less emphasis was given to study what students’ think about the teaching and what they actually preferred. This study investigates students’ preferences in the teaching and learning History. This study adopts the qualitative techniques and was carried out in rural secondary schools. The participants of this study were16 secondary school students aged 16 years old. They were interviewed before and after an observed History lesson as to understand their preferences in learning History. The finding showed that these participants preferred learning History through seeing, doing and hearing. To put in Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory these participants were a mixture of auditory, visual and kinesthetic learners. As for the teaching activities these participating students preferred ‘hands-on’ and fun activities, sense of humour, and visual presentation of content and notes instead of the traditional way of teaching the subject. This finding proves there was a gapin the teaching of History between what the students preferred with what was offered by the teachers. This explains why History was marked as a boring subject among students.

Item Type: Article
Keyword: Learning of History, Teaching of History, Students Preferences
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Department: FACULTY > Faculty of Psychology and Education
Depositing User: ADMIN ADMIN
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2016 09:35
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2017 10:16

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