I have written a few times now that I think we need a radical change in how we set source-based questions in exams. Some relevant earlier posts are
- Less generic analysis and more case studies: teaching about sources in schools
- Against the generic use of sources in history lessons
- How do GCSE History source questions need to change?
- Why don’t we have set texts in history?
I think it is vital that pupils learn about the history as a discipline, and this means that they learn how historians use sources as evidence to construct their interpretations. What is clear to me, however, is that current source-based questions at GCSE and A-Level do not reflect in any meaningful way how sources are used in the discipline. This has led me to three central conclusions:
(A) I think we should specify in curricula (and exam specifications) which precise sources we want pupils to have studied…
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